First project under expanded remote generation program
1 September 2006
Verve Energy is installing two 850 kW Enercon E48 wind turbines on the outskirts of Kalbarri, Western Australia (WA). The 1.6 MW development is the first major project resulting from an A$18 million expansion to the federal government's Renewable Remote Power Generation Program (RRPGP). The WA government and the RRPGP will each give Verve $1.9 million towards the project. Verve Energy was created in April when Western Power separated into four businesses as part of WA's energy market reforms. The expansion of the RRPGP will allow rebates to be offered to small and medium-sized renewable energy systems in rural areas on the fringe of the main electricity grid. Previously, the rebates only applied to systems in remote communities. The RRPGP is funded with money collected from Australia's diesel fuel tax.
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