ACT Government to source wind energy from NSW farms for 80000 Canberra …

March 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

The ACT Government is seeking to buy power from wind farms in surrounding New South Wales.

It is the next step in the Government’s renewable energy push, and comes after last week’s announcement of new 50-megawatt next-generation solar farm.

The Government wants to source 200 megawatts of power from wind farms to supply 80,000 Canberra homes by 2020.

Environment minister Simon Corbell says reverse auctions will be held to obtain the lowest price for 20-year supply contracts, from at least two companies.

The companies will also be required to invest in the region, backing local employment and research.

There are currently wind farms at different stages of approval and construction near Bungendore, Crookwell and Collector.

The wind farms have divided some rural communities.

Mr Corbell hopes to proceed with the auction by the middle of the year.

The Government has a target of generating 90 per cent of Canberra’s energy from renewable sources by 2020.

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