State-owned energy generator Synergy has been given the go ahead to enter into a joint venture with a private sector investor to build the new Warradarge Wind Farm, near Eneabba.
The final capacity size of the Warradarge Wind Farm, which can be developed up to 250MW will be determined on completion of the engineering, procurement and construction contract tendering process that is currently underway.
Synergy and its partner will also jointly develop Stage 2 of the Greenough River Solar Farm south of Geraldton to increase its capacity from 10MW to 40MW.
This joint initiative will ensure Synergy meets its Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) obligations through local projects and will create about 200 new construction jobs.
Under Commonwealth legislation, the LRET scheme requires 33,000 gigawatt hours of renewable energy to be produced nationally by 2020 and those levels maintained until 2030. The West Australian reported that Synergy may partner with a Dutch investment fund to bankroll its obligations under Federal green energy laws
A sustainable plan for the State's transition to a cleaner energy future with minimal impact to consumers is the driving force behind the decision according to Energy Minister Ben Wyatt.
"I am delighted to announce that the McGowan Government has delivered a plan to ensure that the State meets its 2020 renewable energy commitments - something the former government failed to achieve - and that we will do so in such a way that contributes to repairing the state of the Budget," he said.
"We will also create about 200 new construction jobs in regional Western Australia through securing the development of Stage 2 of the Greenough River Solar Farm near Geraldton and Warradarge Wind Farm near Eneabba."
Warradarge Wind Farm is recognised as one of the best renewable energy projects in Australia due to its location.
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