The approval of the 116-turbine Murra Warra Wind Farm in Victoria’s Wimmera district will fill the sails of the renewable energy industry heading into a busy 2017, along with a series of projects across the country either under construction or about to start.
Clean Energy Council Director of Large-Scale Energy Alicia Webb said the $650 million RES Australia wind farm would provide some great momentum for the sector, and provide job and investment benefits for the local area while it is under construction.
“This wind farm will deliver enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 250,000 homes, as well as generating more than 600 jobs during the construction phase,” Ms Webb said.
“Wind industry activity continues to grow as investment confidence returns behind the national Renewable Energy Target (RET), and the ambitious targets of forward-looking state governments.
“Many of the large-scale solar projects announced as part of the latest funding round by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) early in the year will also begin construction in 2017, and the falling cost of building renewable energy projects means more bang for every buck invested.
“We are seeing extraordinary business interest across the board, and steady progress towards further deals that will unlock economic activity and benefits for regional areas. More than $10 billion of investment in large-scale renewable energy alone is expected by the end of the decade,” she said.
Ms Webb said long-term renewable energy and carbon policy is required beyond 2020 to ensure that industry activity does not run into a wall when the current RET stops encouraging new projects at the end of the decade.
“Stable, long-term policy and political collaboration across the aisle is absolutely at the top of the industry’s Christmas list,” she said.
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