Planning approvals have been finalised for Australia's first commercial wind farm connected to the national grid. Eight turbines are planned for the 5 MW project at Crookwell on the southern tablelands of New South Wales (NSW). The clean power will be bought by retailer Great Southern Energy as part of its statutory renewable energy quota in the company's "Earthsaver" green power scheme. The project is now scheduled for construction later this year with a completion date sometime in mid 1998 -- substantially later than the previous 1997 estimate. The project will be constructed and operated by Pacific Power, who, according to the company's press release on the wind farm "operates the Eraring coal fired power station on the NSW central coast which recently broke the world record for performance and reliability."
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