Third wind farm operational at Canunda in South Australia

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The A$92.5 million Canunda Wind Farm, developed by Britain's Wind Prospect on behalf of International Power Australia (IPA), has been officially commissioned by South Australia's state premier, Mike Rann. Comprising 23 Vestas 2 MW turbines, the 46 MW wind farm will provide enough electricity to energy retailer Australia Gas and Light company (AGL) to supply around 30,000 homes. Located near lake Bonney in the south-east of the state, it is the third wind farm to become operational in South Australia (SA). "Canunda is one of two wind farms at Lake Bonney and one of six in total that are either nearing completion or operating across the state," says Rand. "When all six are fully operational, they will together produce 400 MW of the state's electricity." Four new applications for wind farms have recently been lodged in SA by AGL, World's End of Sydney, Waterloo, which is owned by the Tasmanian Government, and Stanwell Corporation, owned by the Queensland government. They are awaiting approval from the Essential Services Commission (ESA). If they proceed, they will quadruple the state's wind power capacity to almost 1700 MW. The commission, however, will not make any decision until after it receives a report from the Electricity Supply Industry. The ESA placed a moratorium on additional licences late last year and asked the council for advice after it highlighted problems with integrating any significant expansion of wind power into the existing power system.

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