Pacific Power's 10 MW Blayney wind farm in the central western New South Wales (NSW) highlands, 200 kilometres west of Sydney, was officially opened on schedule in late October. It is now providing enough power for about 3500 average Australian homes annually. Construction of the fifteen 660 kW Vestas V47 turbines began in January 2000 (Windpower Monthly, April 2000). The output is being sold to consumers by Advance Energy, a regionally based retailer supplying green power to NSW, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Queensland, under their green power scheme. The project was developed by Pacific Power Engineering Services for Eraring Energy, a publicly owned generator with diversified investments in coal, wind and hydro energy infrastructure. Eraring Energy also owns the 5 MW Crookwell farm, situated about 100 kilometres to the south of Blayney, which came on-line in 1998.
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