Turbines to blow in Coral Bay

THE state government plans to build three wind turbines at Coral Bay at a cost of $9.6 million. The 275-kilowatt cyclone-proof turbines are expected to supply 40 per cent of Coral Bay’s energy needs by the end of 2007, and will involve new technologies developed in Western Australia. Wind power plans have met with mixed reactions at coastal locations around Australia, often opposed because of their impact on the visual environment. Energy Minister Francis Logan said in a statement that the power system would use Verve Energy’s advanced control systems and low-load diesel generators to maximise the use of wind energy. “It will also involve the use of wind turbines that can be lowered in the event of a cyclone,” Mr Logan said. “This will be the first large-scale application of its kind in Australia and has good potential to be used in other cyclone-affected areas.” The project would be jointly funded by Verve Energy and the Commonwealth’s Renewable Remote Power Generation Project. Verve Energy will build the power system and contribute $6.84 million to the project.

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