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Pilot project strengthens New South Wales grid at local level

The two 660 kW Vestas turbines which make up the Hampton Wind Park near Lithgow in New South Wales (NSW) went on-line last month. It is the first time in Australia that large modern turbines have been connected directly to a local 11 kV rural distribution system. Hugh Litchfield of Hickory Hill Wind Energy, which will operate the facility, said the wind plant was true embedded generation and that grid engineers had already recorded improvement in the energy supply in problem areas. "This project can be seen as a pilot project introducing the technology to this area. We hope to develop up to 150 MW in rural NSW in the next five years," says Litchfield. The $2.5 million Hampton Wind Park was backed by Wind Corporation Australia, a company established through seed funding made available from CVC Renewable Energy Equity Fund. Hickory Hill is the sole shareholder in Wind Corp Australia.

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