Taralga Wind Farm a boost to Australian industry
Taralga towers manufactured at Portland
The 107 MW Taralga Wind Farm, situated near the NSW Southern Tablelands township of Taralga, has the capacity to generate enough power to supply approximately 38,000 homes and avoid carbon emissions of approximately 240,000 tonnes a year.
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The Taralga Wind Farm project's decision to use Australian engineered and built towers is a major boost for the Australian wind engineering sector, helping it to maintainStephen GarnerGeneral Manager, Keppel Prince Engineering
The CEFC provided $37.5 million for the construction and operation of the wind farm as part of a $176 million debt package, which also involved ANZ and the official export credit agency of Denmark, EKF. The CEFC finance was fully repaid in August 2019.
The project used Australian manufactured towers made in Portland from BlueScope steel. As well as boosting the local wind engineering sector, it supported Australian manufacturing capability and supply chain scale, creating valuable business and regional manufacturing employment.
The integrated Australian supply of inputs enabling the project – from materials through to finished goods, knowledge and finance – demonstrated Australia’s capability across the whole value chain for the clean energy sector. The project was Santander’s first significant Australian development project and was a joint venture between Santander and CBD Energy.