Over 40% of the annual electricity needs of residents in Hopetoun, Western Australia, will now be met by a 600 kW wind turbine installed by Western Power. Inaugurated by state energy minister Eric Ripper, the turbine will save around 400,000 litres of diesel and about 1100 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year. Located about 500 kilometres south-east of Perth, Hopetoun becomes the fifth Western Australian community to boast a wind energy project and until now was one of the last remaining sites on the Western Australia coast to be completely reliant on diesel generation. Other state wind projects are installed in Albany, Esperance, Denham and Exmouth. Western Power also plans to build a similar sized wind turbine at Bremer Bay, further west of Hopetoun on the south coast, again as part of a wind-diesel system to improve the quality and reliability of local power supplies. The Hopetoun project received A$1.3 million in funding from the federal government's Australian greenhouse office through its renewable remote power generation program.
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