SOUTH Australian Industrial Relations Minister Russell Wortley, representing Premier Jay Weatherill, last week welcomed the second stage of the Snowtown Wind Farm project while turning the sod at the $439 million Snowtown II site.
Capable of generating 270 megawatts of renewable energy from its 90 turbines, Snowtown II will have the capacity to power about 180,000 South Australian homes.
"This project will add considerable capacity within South Australia to generate clean, green power from renewable sources," Mr Wortley said, adding that the state is increasingly recognised as a world leader in renewable energy.
Mr Wortley said the Mid-North is playing a key role in the transition to renewable energy and congratulated Trustpower and their supplier Siemens on the significant milestone.
"The investment in renewable energy has helped to create jobs throughout the region and provides a new stream of income to land holders," the Minister said.
"Investment in renewable energy in the long-term will put downward pressure on electricity prices and ensure South Australia is playing its part in tackling global climate change.
"Building on the existing Snowtown Wind Farm, the generating capacity provided by this project will cement South Australia as the lead generator of renewable energy in Australia," Mr Wortley said.
According to the government, South Australia has already exceeded Australia's target of producing 20 per cent of our energy through renewable sources by 2020. The state aims to have 33 per cent of energy produced by renewable sources by 2020.