Tarong Energy, owned by the Queensland government, is planning a A$100 million wind farm 100 kilometres south-west of Whyalla, on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Announcing the plans at the opening of Tarong's 34.5 MW Starfish Hill wind farm, Queensland energy minister Paul Lucas said the new project will involve months of evaluation work to determine its viability. If given the go-ahead, the 60 MW wind station could be operational by late 2005. The just opened Starfish Hill Wind Farm, near Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula, cost A$65 million. It consists of 23 NEG Micon 1.5 MW turbines and will generate enough electricity to supply 18,000 households. "It's a very exciting chapter in our state's history," commented state premier Mike Rann. "Starfish Hill is our first wind farm and we aim to put South Australia on the map as the greenest state in Australia. We are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions." South Australia's energy minister, Patrick Conlon, also welcomed the announcement and called for action by the federal government on a higher national target for renewables. "I have also been fighting for South Australia to be linked via a new interconnector to NSW [New South Wales] and Queensland so that wind generated power can be sold into those markets while at the same time giving South Australians access to another source of electricity to ensure reliability of supply."
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