CBD Energy said it has signed a power purchase agreement with TRUenergy that will allow construction of the 108MW Taralga wind farm to begin later this year – its first utility scale wind project in Australia.
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The $250 million Taralga wind farm – which won approval only after a fierce court battle – had been in doubt about the failure of the AusChina joint venture that CBD Energy signed last year to take the project forward. However, CBD then took on the principal development role to secure the PPA and equity and financing partners. The PPA is a key element in gaining financing, and partners and the EPC contractor are expected to be announced soon.
While wind farms are being blocked and stopped by state government legislation, gas plants are all go. But they aren’t necessarily very popular with their neighbours. Take the following two stories, one about the Port Campbell gas plant, the other … Continue reading Gas plants on the nose with locals
From the Sunraysia Daily, journalist: MIKE STONE Solar race back on: Mildura back in hunt for $306m after Moree fails to get funding Hopes for the establishment of a major solar farm complex near Red Cliffs were reignited yesterday. This follows the Federal Government’s decision to seek updated applications from the four short-listed Round 1 Solar Flagship photovoltaic applicants. In June last year it was announced that TRUenergy’s proposed Mallee Solar Park, comprising a 180 megawatt solar power facility south of Red Cliffs, had been beaten for funding by a 150 megawatt solar farm in Moree in northern NSW. However, … Continue reading Mildura back in hunt for $306m solar funding
The following comes from the Sunraysia Daily, Journalist: CHRIS MCLENNAN. See the end of this post for details on the projects that received the federal support. Solar blow: Mildura misses out on federal funding for power station MILDURA has missed out on its bid for a second major solar power station. Instead, Prime Minister Julia Gillard on the weekend announced funding worth three quarters of a billion dollars for projects in Queensland and New South Wales. TRUenergy’s much fancied “Mallee Solar Park” 180 megawatt station south of Red Cliffs was beaten for funding by a 150 megawatt solar farm in … Continue reading Mildura misses out on federal funding for solar power station
From the Sunraysia Daily. BY CHRIS MCLENNAN Solar sure: Coalition confirms funding for $500m project THE Victorian Government has confirmed its support for Mildura’s two proposed solar power stations. A project with the promise of attracting $350 million of taxpayer money to Mildura was looking a little frayed around the edges. Energy Minister Michael O’Brien yesterday reaffirmed the promise he made to Sunraysia Daily soon after his appointment earlier this year to support then Premier John Brumby’s $100 million pledge for the Mallee Solar Park. TRUenergy’s proposed 180 megawatt flat panel array south of Red Cliffs won what jubilant former … Continue reading Coalition confirms funding for $500m solar project