Global wind energy giant Senvion has welcomed a “new confidence” in Victoria’s wind energy market, after announcing a deal to deliver 116 wind turbines for RES Australia’s Murra Warra wind farm in the state’s western district.
RES – most recently in the news for its ground-breaking solar power off take deal with Telstra – has been working on the 429MW Murra Warra project for some seven years now, after identifying the site, just north of Horsham, as a prime wind farm location in 2010.
The company said on Tuesday that the Delivery Partnership Agreement with Senvion had put RES and its project partners on track to deliver the wind farm on schedule, and served as a precursor to financial close of the project.
Raymond Gilfedder, who heads up Senvion Australia, said the company was excited to be working with RES on the Victorian project, and gave the state Andrews government a nod for its progressive clean energy policies.
“The introduction of ambitious renewable energy targets in Victoria has injected new confidence in the local wind energy market,” Gilfedder said.
“The Murra Warra wind farm …will result in significant employment and economic benefits for the local communities around the project.”
The companies said in the statement on Tuesday that the wind farm would feature the 3.7M144 turbine type, which was being designed for the project.
Roger Seshan, the strategic procurement director of RES, said its global experience and relationships had allowed the company “to combine the best elements from our respective markets to deliver our projects.”
“We look forward to continuing to develop our relationship in the Australian market with the Murra Warra wind farm,” he said.