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Wind farm touted for Lake Clifton

A wind farm proposal could result in Lake Clifton playing a part in reducing Australia’s carbon dioxide emissions.

Community consultation is about to begin with Cape Bouvard Investments regarding the proposed 36-turbine farm.

Power produced by the wind farm would be sold either to a company that had a need for electricity or directly to an electricity retailer such as Synergy.

It will not have any direct effect on the price of electricity for residents of Mandurah and surrounding areas.

The proposal is in its early stages and Cape Bouvard is conducting a range of studies.

Cape Bouvard general manager Steve Watson said the company was developing a new type of wind generator, but would use conventional wind turbines at Lake Clifton.

“Cape Bouvard Energy estimates that the wind farm may be producing power as early as mid-2015, although it is difficult to accurately predict how long the approvals process may take,” he said.

The turbines used by Cape Bouvard would be 95m high, with a rotor diameter of 112m.

Turbine blade speeds can be as fast as 13 revolutions a minute.

In response to recent media reports regarding wind turbine sickness, Mr Watson said Cape Bouvard was taking advice from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.

“They have looked into potential adverse effects of wind turbines on human health and found no link,” he said.

“We continue to monitor research outcomes on infrasound, and will respond if new information comes to light.”

Cape Bouvard is conducting avian fauna studies in the area.

“We are carefully investigating what impact this wind farm would have on the environment and the surrounding area, but these impacts must be weighted up against the benefits for the region and the State of Western Australia as a whole,” Mr Watson said.