Infigen Energy begins construction of 48.3-MW Woodlawn wind farm at Veolia's site in Tarago, Australia, scheduled to be complete in H2 2011

TARAGO, Australia , January 14, 2011 (press release) – The construction of Infigen Energy's Woodlawn wind farm has commenced at Veolia’s Woodlawn Eco-precinct located at Tarago, some 250kms south of Sydney. Covering 6000 hectares, the precinct also houses the Woodlawn Bioreactor and the addition of this wind farm solidifies the site as a world–class resource recovery facility.

The 48.3MW Woodlawn wind farm, currently under construction, will be owned and operated by Infigen, and will consist of 23 wind turbines.

Scheduled for completion in the second half of 2011, the turbines will generate enough electricity to power approximately 25,000 homes.

“The development of the Woodlawn wind farm by Infigen Energy on Veolia’s property takes our Eco-precinct to the next level – as we convert a disused mine site into a first class example of environmental sustainability,” Mr. Danny Conlon, Veolia’s Group General Manager NSW, said.

“The wind farm will complement the renewable energy production from our existing bioreactor which converts Sydney’s waste gas into electricity – currently to the level of some 3000 homes per year with plans to go to 24,000 homes.”

“For Veolia, it’s another step forward with more to come, including our aquaculture and horticulture trials, as well as our future plans to build a state-of-the-art Alternative Waste Treatment plant,” Mr. Conlon said.

Mr. David Griffin, General Manager of Development at Infigen Energy said the company was pleased to be involved with the Eco-precinct concept.

“The Woodlawn Eco-precinct is very well suited for wind energy production in terms of wind and climate patterns, and topography. The Woodlawn wind farm is located adjacent to Infigen's Capital wind farm which is the largest wind farm in NSW and is used to provide renewable energy to Sydney Water's desalination plant” Mr. Griffin said.

“This project will take Infigen's wind energy production capacity in Australia to 556.3MW" he said

Combining waste-to-energy and wind energy, the Eco-precinct is set to be a significant contributor to NSW’s electricity supply, and is a leading example of environmental innovation. Veolia is therefore committed to investing in the ongoing development of this facility.

In addition to both the wind farm and bioreactor, the precinct also boasts a trial aquaculture and horticulture project, a leading educational facility and a wildlife sanctuary.

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