After more than a year of waiting, RES Southern Cross Pty has been given the go ahead for its A$185 million, 108 MW Taralga wind farm in the New South Wales Southern Highlands. Located 140 kilometres south west of Sydney, the wind farm will be made up of 54, 2 MW turbines. The turbine supplier is still to be selected. Taralga is expected to take 17 months to complete, but RES is waiting until the end of the appeals process before revising its schedule once again, says the company's Colin Liebmann. He notes that conditions in the Australian market for obtaining a power purchase agreement ((PPA) are far from ideal right now. "The PPA market is pretty tight and balancing PPA prices against machine prices is a fine balancing act these days," he says. As part of the construction, RES Southern Cross is also committed to installing a new $100,000 television transmitter to improve local reception.
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