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Building work begins on Victorian wind farm to supply ACT with renewable energy

Building work will begin today on a $50 million wind farm in Victoria which will supply renewable energy almost 700 kilometres away, in the ACT.

The Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm, north-west of Bendigo, won a 20-year feed-in tariff in the ACT Government's wind auction.

Environment Minister Simon Corbell said the six turbines at the wind farm would generate the lowest cost wind energy in Australia.

"The price being paid through the feed-in tariff law for the Coonooer Bridge wind farm is $81.50 per megawatt hour, that's the cheapest price ever achieved for wind energy in Australia, " he said.

"It means that Canberra electricity consumers are getting large-scale renewables at a very affordable price.

"And we have been able to achieve that because of our innovative reverse auction feed-in tariff law and the fact that we have selected some of the most productive wind sites in the country."

The project is jointly owned by Canberra-based company Windlab Systems and neighbouring landholders.

Mr Corbell said the project would generate enough electricity to power thousands of Canberra homes.

"With the start of the Coonooer Bridge wind farm we're well on the way towards 90 per cent renewables," he said.

"About 12,000 Canberrans will be powered by this one single project."

Another two ACT-backed wind farms are in development.

Source: ABC News

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