Plans to build Australia’s largest wind farm have been revived after the Government’s move to revamp its renewable energy target scheme.
AGL Energy’s 174-turbine wind farm planned for Macarthur in western Victoria had been put on hold because the previous version of the legislation promoted domestic solar hot water systems and rooftop solar panels at the expense of large projects. (See www.aussierenewables.com.au/news/)
Following news that the legislation is to be changed, AGL has signed a joint venture agreement with New Zealand’s Meridian Energy to proceed with the $A800 million project.
AGL will take all of the energy output and wind energy certificates from the wind farm which will have 174 Suzlon wind turbines with a total capacity of 365 megawatts. Construction is expected to take about three years.