27 June 2013 — GE, with consortium partner, Downer EDI, will supply turbines, build and maintain the $350 million Boco Rock wind farm in New South Wales.
The wind farm will comprise 67 turbines just outside of Nimmitabel, in the NSW Snowy Mountains region. The project is permitted for potential future expansion to 121 turbines.
Energy Australia has agreed to purchase the energy generated by the 113 megaWatt wind farm to provide renewable power for its customers.
Energy generated by the wind farm will be able to meet the needs of at least 40,000 homes across NSW and offset about 300,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year relative to coal.
GE has been working with Continental Wind Partners, the developer of Boco Rock wind farm, since 2011 to fund the project through the development phase.
Thai-listed Electricity Generating Public Company Limited will take 100 per cent ownership of the project from CWP. CWP will manage the wind farm locally.
Construction of the Boco Rock Wind Farm will start this year and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2015, with power being delivered to the grid from the end of 2014.