Hydro Tasmania gets green light for 66 MW

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Hydro Tasmania has the go-ahead to build a 66 MW wind farm at Cathedral Rocks in South Australia. Now that the company's development application has been approved by Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council, construction is scheduled to begin in April. "There are still a number of contracts that need to be concluded, however this will provide Hydro Tasmania with an early presence in the National Electricity Market," says the company's Geoff Willis. Hydro Tasmania will formally join the NEM in late 2005 when it will trade renewable energy from Tasmania across the Bass Strait via the new Basslink connection. Cathedral Rocks wind farm will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 244,000 tonnes a year, which would be the equivalent of taking about 42,000 cars off the road.

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