ACT-supported wind farm leads nation

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

A new report by Windlab has found the ACT-supported Coonooer Bridge wind farm is the best performing in the country this year, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.

“It’s fantastic that Coonooer Bridge wind farm in Victoria, which commenced generating renewable electricity for the ACT in 2016, has been found to be a nation leader in its operation,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The report by Windlab, which tracked the capacity factor, or average power generation, of wind farms across the country, also found the ACT-supported Hornsdale 1 wind farm is another strong performer.

“Coonooer Bridge and Hornsdale 1 were among the first wind farms to be successful in the ACT’s innovative reverse auctions for providing large-scale wind and solar-generated electricity. The fact they are performing so well shows we did our due diligence in partnering with wind farms based in good locations.”

Mr Rattenbury said the nation’s climate action capital is well on track to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2020.

“Several of our wind farms are now online, with others like Crookwell 2 and Hornsdale 2 starting to feed electricity into the grid in September and December respectively. This will bring our renewable electricity generation to about 85%.

“As well as being environmentally-friendly, the wind farms are also helping the ACT having some of the lowest electricity prices in Australia. The wind farm projects are also creating local business, research and educational opportunities.”