Planning approval has been granted for the 7.2 MW Fremantle wind farm currently being developed in Western Australia by Pacific Hydro and Energy Visions. Construction on the plant is expected to begin in the second half of 2003 with first generation planned in 2004. Eight wind turbines will be installed along a breakwater known as Rous Head, which makes up part of Fremantle Port. The turbines will generate more than 20,000 MWh of electricity, most of which will be sold directly to the port with any excess exported to the local electricity network. "Being built on a breakwater this wind farm will be one of only a handful of its kind in the world and will stamp Fremantle as a truly sustainable city," comments Pacific Hydro's Jeff Harding.
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