As the Hornsdale 2 Wind Farm starts feeding into the ACT electricity system today, the ACT remains on track to deliver 100% renewable electricity by 2020, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.
“The Hornsdale 2 Wind Farm near Port Augusta, South Australia, will generate 100 megawatts, enough to power around 50,000 homes and equivalent to about 13% of our 2020 electricity needs,” Minister Rattenbury said today.
“The wind farm was part of the ACT’s nation-leading reverse auction process that will see the Territory reach its target of 100% renewable electricity by 2020.”
Celebrating Renewable Energy Community Day
The news comes as Minister Rattenbury today will take part in the ‘Renewable Energy Community Day’, where Canberrans can tour an impressive array of renewable technology in the Canberra region.
“This year's Renewable Energy Community Day includes a bus tour around the ACT and southeast NSW region's renewable energy facilities,” Mr Rattenbury said. “This stops at sites along the ‘Renewable Energy Trail’ that aren’t normally open to the public. Operators of each site will provide guided tours so visitors can learn about the facility and get a close look at how renewable technology works.
“The tour begins at Mt Majura Solar Farm, which tracks the sun to generate electricity. Other sites include Woodlawn Wind Farm and Woodlawn Bioreactor in NSW.
“The renewable energy facilities are not just part of the region’s efforts to address climate change, but are driving a thriving local clean tech industry that is contributing to our economy in the form of jobs, training and investment.”
The Renewable Energy Community Day is organised by the South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence (SERREE), an initiative of Regional Development Australia (RDA) ACT.
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