Solar, wind plan takes shape

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
At Colgar Wind Farm.
Camera IconAt Colgar Wind Farm.

Kondinin could soon be the home of Australia’s next renewable energy boom, creating 150 construction jobs over two years and up to 10 ongoing.

Perth’s Lacour Energy plans to install up to 46 wind turbines at Kondinin to generate about 120 megawatts of electricity, 50mw of solar panels and possibly battery storage in $250 million project 5km north of the town.

Director Mark Rayner said the company had been working on the project for the past couple of years and has received local, State and Federal approval.

“The project currently is in the final stages of the feasibility phase, we are aiming to reach an investment decision to proceed with project at the end of this year,” he said.

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“Construction of the project will take approximately two years. The full-time employment would be approximately eight to 10 people and construction workforce up to 150 people.”

Mr Rayner said the construction workforce would be drawn from mainly Kondinin and surrounding communities.

“Most wind and solar farm projects get the majority of their work force from the local region, most of the work is capable of being done by people within the region,” he said.

Shire of Kondinin chief executive Mia Dohnt hopes to see the project become a reality.

“Council has shown support for the wind and solar farm and will continue to support the project and any other large-scale projects where possible,” she said.

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