GE, in collaboration with AGL Energy and civil engineering construction company CATCON, has announced a contract to develop and build the $450 million Silverton Wind Farm, which will be the sixth-largest wind project in Australia.
GE says the Silverton Wind Farm, to be located in western New South Wales (NSW), is the first greenfield development under the Powering Australian Renewables Fund, which aims to develop approximately 1 GW of large-scale renewable energy projects.
According to GE, the 58 GE 3.4 MW wind turbines, whose rotors span 130 meters, will be the largest in Australia. Once operational, the wind farm will generate approximately 780,000 MWh of energy annually – enough to power the equivalent of more than 137,000 average Australian homes.
The Silverton Wind Farm will be located in the Barrier Ranges of NSW. The turbines will be placed over the Mundi Mundi Range in the southern portion of the site and the Mount Robe Range in the northern portion of the site.
GE expects the wind farm to be fully operational by mid-2018.