Western Australia’s Energy Minister, Peter Collier, has announced that a new $750 million wind farm will be built near Merredin, 260 kilometres east of Perth.

The Collgar Wind Farm will have 111 turbines with a total capacity of 206 megawatts. It is expected to begin supplying power to the grid by August 2011.

The project is a joint venture between the Investec Bank and Windlab Systems. The Western Australian electricity retailer Synergy has contracted to buy the electricity from the wind farm for 15 years.