Wind power generation across the eastern states of Australia grew by 40 per cent last year. The opening of the Aussie’s largest wind farm at Waubra, north-west of Ballarat accounted for much of the increase.
The project is to have 128 turbines with generation capacity of 192 MW. Part of total project cost is a 220 kV transmission line crossing the site, plus constructing the Waubra Terminal Station and connecting it to the Grid.
As Sydney Morning Herald reporter Adam Morton observes wind power is still the exception in this coal-dominated continent. A Climate Group report on electricity generation and its emissions found that coal provided 83 per cent of power used in 2009.