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Turbine to be installed at Rottnest Island

A 600 kW wind turbine is to be installed on Rottnest Island in Western Australia. Supply and installation tenders for the A$2 million project, which will reduce the island's diesel fuel consumption by more than 400,000 litres and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1000 tonnes a year, are expected shortly, with commissioning of the project later this year. It will be funded equally by the Rottnest Island Authority and the federal government's Renewable Remote Power Generation Program (RRPGP). The project is the second to be approved by the Western Australia division of the RRPGP -- the other was the Esperance Wind Farm, which received A$5.32 million in RRPGP funding towards proposed development cost (Windpower Monthly, December 2002).

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