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Feasibility study into 30 MW in Western Australia
1 February 2002
Wind Energy Corporation (WindCo) is conducting a feasibility study into a 30 MW wind project for Geraldton, Western Australia. Community consultation for the 50 turbine project has begun, with environmental and planning approvals still to be sought. The main obstacle is the state government requirement that local councils in Western Australia maintain 20% of the remnant vegetation in their regions. At the time of the legislation being introduced, the local Greenough shire had retained just 5% and it is expected that turbine siting will further impact on these areas. WindCo's Phil Hyde says he hopes the company's commitment to a revegetation program will be acceptable to decision makers and the community. If approvals are obtained, the project will be ready for construction by August. WindCo is an Australian incorporated company equally owned by Enercon Power Corporation and Western Power Corporation. Enercon Power Corp was established by Enercon International and Darwin-based Powercorp to supply and install German Enercon turbines in Australia. WindCo is investigating projects throughout Australia, and is pursuing sites in Western Victoria.
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