Western Australia’s largest wind farm has taken a step forward after
energy retailer Synergy reached agreement with Collgar Wind Farm to purchase
renewable energy from the project.

The 206MW wind farm being built in the Wheatbelt, near Merredin will generate over 790,000 MWh of renewable energy a year.

The estimated $1.5bn contract for a 15-year period will contribute towards achieving the national 20% renewable energy target.

Synergy managing director Jim Mitchell said that through this agreement, it will avoid the emissions of 700,000t of CO2, the equivalent of taking 160,000 cars off the road.

The $750m project will initially install 111 wind turbines beginning in January 2011 and the farm is due to become operational in August 2011.

Preliminary earth works had commenced on site, with full construction
due to commence in June 2010.