Canberra imports Victorian wind as part of zero-emissions strategy
Coonooer Bridge has become the first operational wind farm from the ACT’s wind auction process and will soon provide clean, sustainable power to 11,250 Canberra homes, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Simon Corbell announced today.
The wind farm is currently exporting 6MW of energy, with full generation of 20MW expected this month.
“Coonooer Bridge becoming operational is an important milestone in the ACT Government’s commitment to 90% renewable energy for the ACT,” Mr Corbell said.
“The energy being produced at Coonooer bridge is the cheapest wind energy in Australia and will be supplying Canberra homes for 20 years.
“By 2018 we will be sourcing over 80% of our energy needs from renewable sources, making us the sustainable energy Capital of Australia.”
“In another win for the ACT, the wind farm developer, and part-owner, is a locally grown business, Windlab Limited,” Mr Corbell said.
“Building investment and growth in the renewable energy research and development sector in Canberra is one of the great benefits of the government’s renewable energy program.”
Coonooer Bridge wind farm is located west of Bendigo, Victoria and consists of 6 turbines, generating 81,000 MWh annually.
Windlab is managing the project from its global asset management centre in Canberra, and estimates its injection to the local ACT economy to be $240million over the next 20 years of operation.
There are currently a further three wind farms under development which will power Canberra homes with sustainable energy, with further announcements anticipated in the near future.