Starfish Hill 34.5 MW wind farm enters construction

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With the NEG Micon turbine components arriving from Denmark and the contract for installation confirmed, Tarong Energy's A$65 million 34.5 MW Starfish Hill wind project is entering its construction phase. Situated on the coastal hills north of Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula, it will be South Australia's first wind farm. "We want this to be the first of many such developments," says the state's premier, Mike Rann. The A$400,000 contract to install the 23, 1.5 MW turbines was awarded to South Australian company SDS Ausminco. Completion is scheduled for mid-year and it should be fully operational by the autumn. Connected to ESTA Utilities' South Australian power grid at Yankililla via a new 66 kV overhead transmission line, it will provide enough electricity to supply 18,000 homes -- 2% of the state's residential customers. "The development represents the first phase in improving the security and quality of supply for electricity users on the Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island," adds Rann. "This project will have long term benefits for the environment and South Australia's electricity users and in the short term it is pumping money into our economy and creating jobs." Two other South Australian companies are working on the project. Consolidated Power won the A$3 million contract for electrical infrastructure and Flight Brothers will build and install the meteorology masts. Tarong Energy is a Queensland government owned electricity generation corporation.

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