South Australia

SA Government approves $900m wind farm project

SOUTH Australian Planning Minister John Rau last week said South Australia's mid-north is set to become home to the State's largest wind farm, with final planning consent granted for a 105-turbine development.

Mr Rau said the government has approved Investec Bank Australia's proposed $900 million Hornsdale wind farm, to be built 15 kilometres from Jamestown.

It is expected that the 315 megawatt (MW) wind farm will generate 1,050,000 MW hours per year, enough to power 180,000 homes.

"The application was approved after consultation with the relevant government agencies, consideration of public submissions and detailed advice from the Development Assessment Commission, an independent statutory authority," Mr Rau said.

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the project will create up to 250 local construction jobs, while providing clean renewable energy directed into the national grid.

"This development has the potential to save 1.25 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year. That's the equivalent of taking 290,000 cars off the road each year," the Minister said.

Investec Bank Australia CEO David Clarke said South Australia has stood out as an ideal investment destination.

"South Australia's case management service has assisted our company to navigate the necessary approvals and to bring yet another project a step closer to reality," Mr Clarke said.

"We also believe South Australia will be a leading centre for commercial opportunities in renewable and low carbon intensity power and we are committed to growing our presence here."

Over half of Australia's wind generation capacity is located in South Australia, providing 20 per cent of the state's electricity supply.

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