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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

15 October 2002

Howard Government Powers Esperance With New Wind Farm

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp announced today that Commonwealth will provide funding of up to $5.32 million from the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program to the new Esperance Wind Farm, which is due to commence construction next week.

The Renewable Remote Power Generation Program is a Commonwealth funded program that provides funding to the States for the installation of renewable generation in remote parts of Australia not connected to the main-grid. To date over $106 million in Commonwealth funding has been approved for renewable generation in remote parts of Australia.

"The Esperance Wind Farm is the first major project to be announced under the program," Dr Kemp said.

"The new Nine-Mile Beach 3.6 MW Wind Farm involves the installation of six 600 kW wind turbines and will reduce diesel consumption by over 2 million litres per year and greenhouse gas emissions by over 6,000 tonnes per year."

When the town of Esperance power system converts to natural gas, the wind farm will reduce the need for burning gas at the new power station. The new wind farm will almost treble the installed wind generation capacity at Esperance.

Western Power, which has built up a high level of expertise in renewable generation since installing Australia's first wind farm at Esperance in 1987, will install the wind turbines and Powercorp, a Northern Territory company, will install the control system for the new wind farm.

"The Howard Government is committed to meeting the energy needs of remote communities. It is also committed to working to meet Australia's Kyoto target. It is also developing a significant renewable energy industry. Projects such as this deliver on both objectives, "Dr Kemp said.

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