Western Australia’s Energy Minister, Peter Collier, has announced that expansion of the Albany wind farm, with the addition of six turbines to the existing twelve, will go ahead. The additional wind turbines will produce 14 megawatts of electricity.
The project is expected to be completed by early 2012 and will increase the percentage of renewable energy used in the town to more than 80%.
Western Australia already has twelve operating wind farms. The thirteenth, and the State’s first community wind farm, is expected to come on line in February. The wind farm, which will have three 800 kilowatt turbines, is being built 4 kiometres north of the town of Mt Barker, 370 kilmetres southeast of Perth.
One of Australia’s largest farms is under development in Merredin. The 206 megawatt, 111 turbine Collgar Wind Farm will bring the State’s total active wind farms to fourteen when it comes on line in August 2011.