TRUenergy is proceeding with plans to add six additional turbines to its operating Waterloo wind farm near Clare and will host two Information Days this week for local residents to find out more about the project.
Known as Waterloo Stage 2, the Information Days will provide details about the proposed Waterloo wind farm as well as give residents the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the development to TRUenergy’s project team.
Project Manager Clint Purkiss who will be attending the Information Days said that he was excited about the benefits the project will deliver to the community.
“Our Waterloo wind farm created 93 jobs and injected $18 million into the local economy during construction. We are expecting similar benefits on a smaller scale with this project, with $2.3 million to flow into the regional economy and the creation of local job opportunities during construction.”
According to a report released this week by the Clean Energy Council, almost seven times the current number of green workers will be employed in SA by 2030.
In 2010, 751 people were employed in the state’s industry, with 5081 people projected to be working in renewable energy within two decades. Most new jobs will be in regional areas like the Mid North.
Mr Purkiss believes that the growing renewable energy industry will also see wind energy playing an increasingly important role in energy generation.
“Wind energy is one of the most commercially viable forms of renewable energy.”
“This project will help us meet rising demand for clean energy and Federal Renewable Energy Targets without substantially increasing electricity costs for customers,” he said.
Local residents who’d like to find out more about the proposed Waterloo Stage 2 project can attend the TRUenergy Information Days on either:
- Wednesday 16 May at the Clare Sports Club, Clare Oval, Main North Rd in Clare, drop in anytime between 12-3pm or 5-8pm or;
- Thursday 17 May at the Marrabel Hall, Marrabel, drop in anytime between 12-3pm or 5-8pm
TRUenergy is one of Australia’s largest energy companies. It is committed to developing cleaner energy sources, like wind, to help meet the energy needs of its 2.8 million customers Australia wide. For more information, visit www.energyaustralia.com.au