TARALGA WIND FARM
The Taralga wind farm will generate pollution-free electricity that will make a significant contribution to a cleaner environment. It will generate more than 300 GigaWhours of electricity every year, which is equivalent to the annual demand of approximately 40,000 homes. Annual emissions savings as a result of the wind farm will be 250,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (the main greenhouse gas) every year, helping to tackle the threat of global warming. The wind farm will produce local, home-grown, safe and secure power from an everlasting resource, thereby reducing losses in the electricity system and increasing our national energy security.
|View showing the proposed wind turbines superimposed onto the original photograph|
Wind monitoring has been underway on the site for more than 10 years. RES Southern Cross became involved in 2001 and the project received Development Approval from Land and Environment Court in February 2007 for 61 three bladed wind turbines with a substation and site access tracks. Each turbine will have a generating capacity of approximately 2-3MW, providing approximately 124 - 186MW in total. The project is located on ridges to the east of Taralga with the closest turbine to the village being more than 3km distant. Most turbines are 5km or more from the village. The connection to the national electricity network will be at the Marulan substation.
In October 2012 RES sold the Taralga Wind Farm to Banco Santander and CBD Energy Pty Ltd. Further information on the project is available at www.taralga-windfarm.com.au.