AGL Energy Limited (AGL) in partnership with Meridian Energy plan to build one of the world’s largest wind farms that will be able to generate 420 MW of power, at Macarthur in Victoria, Australia. According to officials, this wind farm is expected to go online by 2013 for a cost of nearly $1 billion.
Due to its 140 3-megawatt wind turbines, the farm will be able to supply clean electricity to over 220,000 average Victorian homes and will also save about 1.7 million tons of greenhouse gases annually.
“This $1 billion project will help cut emissions, create new jobs and provide clean energy for Victorians. Attracting a renewable project of this scale to Victoria is yet another example of how Victoria is leading the way towards a clean energy future,” said Mr. Brumby, the Premier of Victoria.
The new wind farm will create 400 direct jobs (at the peak of construction) and another 800 indirect jobs. Meridian and AGL will each give 50 percent of the capital cost of constructing the wind farm.
[Source: Energy Matters]