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Wind farm construction due soon

CONSTRUCTION will commence soon on a $45 million wind farm by Western Power in Albany.

This will provide WA with the nation’s largest and most advanced wind energy project.

The 22 megawatt wind farm will produce enough electricity for 17,000 homes, or up to 75 per cent of the City of Albany’s power. It will be built on the coastal cliffs of Sand Patch, 12 kilometres south-west of Albany.

Construction of the 12 wind turbines should be completed in a year. The wind turbines will be mounted on 65-metre high towers and carry three 35m-long blades.

Energy Minister Colin Barnett said: “Wind power is a clean, greenhouse-friendly form of energy which will never run out”.

According to a Western Power report, the organisation is working with local groups to make sure construction of the wind farm meets stringent State environmental requirements.

Wind monitoring at Sand Patch began as long ago as 1990.

Under the Federal Greenhouse Cooperative Agreement, Western Power is committed to lowering greenhouse gas emissions from the production and supply of electricity. The increasing use of renewable energy is one way of doing this.

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