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ACT renewables plan helps SA wind farm


Source: The Australian, 20 Aug 2015

European firms Siemens and Neoen will start construction of a $250 million wind farm at Hornsdale in South Australia immediately, after finance was set to be secured overnight for the second major wind farm since the revised renewable energy target was set two months ago.

But it is not the RET, which German wind turbine giant Siemens says still does not provide enough certainty for a burst of investment, that is bringing more spinning turbines to the nation.

Instead, Hornsdale is being driven by an ACT plan to reach 90 per cent renewable energy by 2020.

Under the plan, the 100 megawatt farm, to be built 200km north of Adelaide, will have 32 turbines supplying energy into the grid in South Australia, with the ACT taking the equivalent power. The recently announced $450m Ararat wind farm in Victoria is also being underpinned by the ACT’s renewables program.

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