GE to supply wind turbines to largest wind farm in Australia

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 19, 2017

A cooperative project between GE and the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF) will, by 2019, create 123 new wind turbines for the Coopers Gap project in Queensland, Australia, the groups announced this week. "AGL's commitment to a lower emissions future is clear".

GE's on-shore wind business is based in Schenectady, and GE will supply and install all of the wind turbines to the Coopers Gap wind farm project in Queensland.

PARF intends to develop around 1GW of large-scale renewable energy projects, which will be operated and managed by AGL.

AGL chief financial officer, Brett Redman said: "PARF has played a key role in a rapid uptick in generation project development in Australia".

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GE to supply wind turbines to largest wind farm in Australia

In a statement on Thursday, GE said the 453-megawatt wind farm will produce around 1.51 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy every year. GE will also be a part of the project for at least the next 25 years, maintaining the wind farm for the length of a full service agreement established between the partners. Along with the project will come up to 200 construction related jobs and 20 ongoing operational jobs after its completion.

McCabe, too, took the opportunity of this week's news to call for strong and stable renewable energy policy in Australia.

"After the USA, it is GE's second largest region globally for renewable energy".

GE said the successful formula for its bid for Cooper's Gap included custom-designed 115-metre towers for the 3.8MW turbines, to get the optimal wind speed.

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