Plans for the 1-GW Silverton Wind Farm in New South Wales, Australia have been approved, and when completed, will be the largest in the country. The farm is one of the largest on-shore wind projects in the world with a potential operational capacity in excess of 1,000MW. The farm will generate about 4.5% of New South Wales’ current total power consumption. In addition, developers say the farm will contribute more than $700 million to the regional economy in jobs and other economic benefits. The $2 billion wind farm will occupy 80,000 acres in the outback and will be built by German renewable-energy company Conergy.
The first construction stage begins early 2010 with the installation of 282 turbines. The NSW government says the project will help the country to meet its goal of having 20% of its electricity come from renewables by 2020 and represent 10% of the renewable energy needed.
The Silverton Wind Farm in a nutshell
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