THURSDAY 05 JULY, 2012 |
Solar Power Helps Stave Off High Voltage Line Project
The prediction of solar power helping to delay or reduce electricity
transmission infrastructure investment is a reality.
According to an ABC report, a reduction in electricity consumption and the rapid
uptake of solar panels are among the factors behind behind a decision to delay work
on a 330 kilovolt line between Lismore and Dumaresq in New South Wales.
The $227 million Transgrid
project, a 215km link between existing substations near Bonshaw and Lismore, was
due to start in the middle of next year but will now be on hold for at least three
years; possibly even longer
The Project was originally initiated to meet peak summer electricity demand in the region, which reached record highs in 2009.
to a report
published last year, approximately 33% of the network
investment projected to occur/have occurred in Australia between 2010 and 2015
was/is potentially avoidable if growth in demand was eliminated using measures
such as distributed
; which includes solar
In other Transgrid news, the company announced yesterday the signing of an agreement
to connect Goldwind’s Gullen Range Wind Farm in the New South Wales Southern
Tablelands to the Australian grid.
The Gullen Range Wind Farm
, located approximately 20km West of Goulburn,
will consist of 73 Goldwind PMDD turbines. Under the grid connection agreement, the wind farm can
host up to 182.5MW capacity.
The site was chosen as it has some of the best wind resources in New South Wales
and is located in close proximity to the electricity grid.
Part of the project includes an Community Enhancement Program that will see over $125,000 per year be given to residents and community groups within 10km from the wind farm.
Construction of the facility is planned to begin in October this year with the wind farm scheduled to be
brought online in late 2013.
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