Turbine suppliers are soon to be invited to bid for four projects totalling 260 MW, recently given the green light for development in South Australia. Wind Prospect's A$450 million Hallett Wind Farm development, located on farm land in the state's mid-north region, will require around 130 turbines in all. These will be split between the Brown Hill Range, Bluff Range, Willogoleche Hill and Hallett Hill wind farms, which comprise the whole development. Each site will have a maximum of 45 turbines installed. Construction on the first of these is expected to begin by the middle of the year. When complete, the 260 MW development will provide enough clean green electricity to power around 130,000 homes. Approval for Hallett puts Wind Prospect at the top of the Australian development league for 2004, with the most megawatts of wind power approved in the country in the last 12 months. The company now has 520 MW of approved projects progressing in South Australia, including the 170 MW Barunga and 90 MW Snowtown wind farms, both approved a year ago. "We have been very fortunate to be able to get this much wind energy beyond approval stage and into preconstruction," says the company's Michael Vawser. "South Australians have responded particularly well to the call for renewable energy as a source of their power needs."
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol