A small company building a wind energy farm has built a business that makes power generation more cost effective than ever before.
The project, which has a target capacity of 100 megawatts, will be funded by the Government’s Renewable Energy Target and has been designed to generate enough electricity to power up to 3,000 homes.
The project’s director, Tim Jones, said the new generation plant was designed to take advantage of wind power’s ability to operate at higher speeds than any other type of generation.
“We’re hoping this will be the first of a very small number of wind projects that will generate a significant amount of power from this renewable resource,” he said.
“The idea is to see what happens when we can get the best of both worlds, when we’re able to build these projects at lower cost.”
Mr Jones said he was also looking at building a smaller generation plant, one that can be connected to a network of larger power stations.
“A lot of the projects that are coming up now, which are more than 50 megawatts of capacity, are built to be connected with one of these larger generators and then you can have that 100 megawatt project, so you can get that 100megawatt plant,” he explained.
“What we’ve really focused on is making the cost of building this one smaller than what we were building the first one.”
So the 100 megowatt project is actually going to cost less than the first 100 megonewatt project and the second 100 megewatt project.
He said the site had been cleared out and the wind turbines were ready to be moved.””
We just had a really great wind farm there,” Mr Jones said.
He said the site had been cleared out and the wind turbines were ready to be moved.
“It’s been a bit of a process,” he added.
“There was a lot of paperwork and paperwork and all that stuff.”
But now we’re at a stage where we can actually start the construction and we’ve got a few contractors on the site and we’re going to start building.
“The project will be able to produce electricity for up to a thousand homes.
Mr Jones told ABC Radio Melbourne the new project was being built to meet the Renewable Emission Trading Scheme’s target of providing 20 per cent of electricity from renewables to households and businesses.”
This is going to be able provide a lot more electricity than that,” he predicted.
His company has had a long history of working with wind power and the technology has been used to help power a number of small businesses and homes.”
In the last year, we’ve installed a couple of large wind farms and we have seen some really significant gains from that,” Mr Moore said.
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