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Monday, September 19, 2005

North-west Tas to get hi-tech wind farm

Another wind farm is to be developed at Woolnorth in Tasmania's far north-west.

The Studland Bay wind farm will be funded through a deal in which Aurora Energy purchases Renewable Energy Certificates from Hydro Tasmania.

The farm will have the latest technology, with 25 three-megawatt turbines.

The chief executive of Hydro Tasmania, Geoff Willis, says it is the first time the new technology will be used in the southern hemisphere.

"The tower height is 80 metres, the blades are 44 metres each, that's the radius," he said.

"The windswept area is 27 per cent bigger than the machines we used at Cathedral Rocks."


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