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GE invests in $348m Australian wind-farm
Published : Saturday, 27 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 11

SYDNEY, June 26: General Electric Co (GE.N) said it will help fund a $348 million Australian windfarm, the country's third largest, after political leaders ended a deadlock over state subsidies that had stalled the $13 billion industry for over a year.
GE, Swiss private equity firm Partners Group Holding AG (PGHN.S), Canadian pension fund OPTrust and UK-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd said they will fund the 240-megawatt Ararat windfarm, three days after the government passed a law securing future subsidies for renewable energy.
Windfarms are Australia's No. 2 renewable energy source, behind hydropower but ahead of solar, providing a quarter of the country's clean energy and 4 per cent of its total energy demand. But investment in the sector froze after the conservative government said last year it wanted to cut the country's Renewable Energy Target (RET).
The Ararat windfarm, which will power 123,000 homes, was among dozens of projects shelved, and the commitment to revive it signals the industry is kicking back to life now the level of state support has been agreed. Under Australian law, the RET must be agreed by both the coalition government and the Labor opposition.
"With certainty comes investment," said GE's president and CEO for Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, Geoff Culbert.    ?Reuters

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