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Wind farms to increase in Australia

Wind farms to increase in Australia

August 20, 2006

The officials in Victoria, Australia have approved the construction of a wind farm in the southwest Mount Gellibrand area.

The AUD380 million ($228.9 million) project involves building 116 giant turbines and will produce enough power for 133,000 homes.

Victoria Planning Minister Rob Hulls said the project will generate more power than any other in the state.

This is great for the environment and great for the economy, he told a news conference.

He added that the government of Victoria is on track to meet renewable energy targets.

That means ensuring that 10 percent of electricity, 10 percent of power is generated from renewable energy over the next 10 years and we believe that will mean about AUD 2 billion ($1.5 billion) worth of investment, Hulls said.

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