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ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

Wind-generated electricity and other forms of renewable energy are far 'cleaner' and less environmentally damaging than conventional coal-and other fossil fuel-fired generators. The main environmental benefits are, therefore, a reduction in the air pollutants that would have been produced if the equivalent amount of electricity had been generated conventionally. During its projected 20-year lifespan, our experts have estimated that the 13MW will 'save' 850 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, over 6,900 tonnes of sulphur dioxide, just under 3,500 tonnes of nitric oxide, 420 tonnes of particulates, and almost 52,000 tonnes of slag and fly ash. It will also save the national resources of 455,000 tonnes of coal and 1,7 billion litres of water used in the equivalent conventional power station.


BENEFITS FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

During construction, about 14 jobs were created per MW of power, with a further 30 jobs created indirectly around activities relating to the wind farm.The local community is also a shareholder in Darling IPP and, while no immediate financial benefit will accrue from the first phase, this will change once we are able to implement the planned second phase. The dividends generated will then be brought back into the community in the form of education and training, skills development initiatives, or even electricity itself.
We are also planning to develop a research, training and educational centre for renewable energy applications on land adjacent to the farm, but will need substantial external investment to make this happen.

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