Wind turbines.

The Territory Government has awarded a tender for a wind generation study that will identify prospective locations for large-scale wind generation in the Territory.

Global consulting company Jacobs will deliver the study from its office in Darwin, with a clear commitment to deliver local benefits and initiatives to support local employment and industry development.

The final study is expected to be delivered in late 2023.

While the Territory’s solar resources are well recognised, it could also have strong wind resource potential. Currently there is limited publicly available information to assist prospective proponents and investors to undertake more detailed assessments of the Territory for large-scale wind generation.

As part of the Territory’s Budget 2023, a key priority to better understand the Territory’s wind resource potential, and to compile and publish pre-competitive data relating to wind resources for renewable energy generation was made

Large-scale renewable energy generation and storage is necessary to achieve the Northern Territory’s strategic objectives, including 50 per cent renewable energy and a $40 billion economy by 2030, and net zero emissions by 2050.

Territory Minister for Renewables and Energy, Selena Uibo, said the wind study will provide the information necessary to understand the potential to use wind as an alternative renewable energy resource in the Territory.

“This study could unlock new opportunities for renewable energy development in regional and remote areas of the Territory, creating new local jobs and boosting regional economic development,” Ms Uibo said. 

“Diversification of the Territory’s renewable energy opportunities is critical to our pathway to a net zero emissions future.”

Jacobs Director of Operations Northern Australia, Michael Christie, said, “With a 40-year history in the Northern Territory, Jacobs is excited to be part of this project and to support the Territory Government’s renewable energy development.

“We bring strong experience working on wind farm projects not only in Australia, but also globally.

“Climate change is a key element of Jacobs’ strategic focus, and we are working with a variety of government and private clients to support decarbonisation and renewable energy sources for the long term. We look forward to working in partnership with the Territory Government to identify potential wind energy opportunities.”

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