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Vestas wins its biggest Australian order to date

AUSTRALIA: Vestas has received an order for 206MW, its biggest single Australian order to date, for Collgar wind farm in Western Australia.

Vestas' V90 2MW turbine will be used on the Collgar project
Vestas' V90 2MW turbine will be used on the Collgar project

The company will be supplying 111 V90 1.8/2.0MW turbines. The 206MW, 111 turbine on-grid Collgar farm, located near Merredin, 257 km east of state capital Perth, is a joint venture between Investec Bank and Windlab Systems.

Collgar is due to be completed by mid-2012 although the first turbines will be on site by the third quarter of this year.

Last week the project overcame a final hurdle after the state government agreed to a 15-year power purchase agreement with state-owned energy retailer Synergy.

Vestas' Collgar contract comprises a 10-year service agreement and Vestas' Scada system.

According to Windpower Monthly's Market Status Report, Australia's new renewable energy target (RET) has been accompanied by a substantial rise in wind project proposals, but the rate of increase in installed capacity eased in 2009.

Recession-exacerbated difficulties, such as securing power supply contracts needed as a prerequisite for obtaining finance, a massive and cheap non-renewables sector and political indecision over carbon emissions trading legislation, are marring wind's otherwise leading position in the Australian renewables market.

 

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