Kojonup project in the wind

Toby HusseyGreat Southern Herald
A wind farm near Esperance.
Camera IconA wind farm near Esperance. Credit: Sharon Smith

Developers of a wind farm near Kojonup have blamed government uncertainty for a nearly six-month construction delay.

Moonies Hill Energy’s Flat Rocks wind farm, 35km outside Kojonup, was set to begin construction in October last year.

However, six months on from that deadline, there has been no progress at the site, with MHE managing director Sarah Rankin blaming “much uncertainty around energy policy both at the State and Federal level” for the hold-up.

Dr Rankin said that had made it difficult to secure supply contracts but she was hopeful about a State Government plan to improve renewable generators’ access to the grid.

“Connection of the Flat Rocks wind farm has potential to save additional investment by the State,” she said.

“We hope with recent announcements from the State energy minister ... (will) enable the Moonies Hill Energy team to finalise the Flat Rocks wind farm project and bring it into operation.”

The wind farm is more than a decade in the making, and MHE said it would provide enough energy to power 90,000 homes.

Once complete, it could see up to 59 turbines built in the area, as well as a solar farm. Dr Rankin said construction would create about 100 jobs, with up to 10 permanent positions once operational.

The wind farm could increase the State’s renewable energy supply by about 8 per cent, according to a 2018 Clean Energy Council report.

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