Build start on Clements Gap 57 MW project

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Construction work on Pacific Hydro's A$135 million ($125 million) 57 MW Clements Gap Wind Farm in South Australia's Barunga Range will at last kick off next month, nearly four years after the project was approved. Located around 250 kilometres north of Adelaide, the wind farm will comprise 27 Suzlon 2.1 MW turbines and meet the electricity needs of 30,000 homes. Clements Gap was put on hold when the previous federal government decided not to extend the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target back in 2006. It is Pacific Hydro's first project announcement since the new Labor government came to power in November and committed to a 20% by 2020 renewable energy target. "With an invigorated Australian market we look forward to having a productive relationship with Suzlon in the future," says Pacific Hydro's Rob Grant. Suzlon's contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of the turbines, and maintenance for five years. The project is scheduled for completion in 2010. "We believe Australia is a key market," says Suzlon's Andre Horbach.

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