THE South Australian Government this month announced approval for a $240 million, 42-turbine wind farm development near Keyneton in the eastern Mount Lofty Ranges, which could generate enough power for up to 68,000 homes and avoid the creation of approximately 240,000 tonnes of carbon pollution.
Planning Minister John Rau said that since the project application was first lodged about 18 months ago, there has been extensive consultation with the public, relevant government agencies and technical experts, with a number of conditions imposed in response to the consultation process.
"Detailed analysis and assessment has meant approval has been granted subject to 26 conditions covering both the construction and operation of the wind farm and its associated infrastructure," Mr Rau said.
The Minister said the application lodged with the Development Assessment Commission (DAC) was assessed against the relevant land use zoning applying at that time and provisions contained within the Mid Murray Council Development Plan.
The approval of the application followed the completion of testing by the Environmental Protection Authority, which examined an existing wind from located at Waterloo to determine, amongst other matters, whether there was any physical basis for noise characteristics described by various residents near the wind farm.
"The study found the Waterloo Wind Farm met relevant South Australian and international standards. No evidence was found linking noise from the wind farm to adverse impacts on residents," Mr Rau said.
Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the construction of the wind farm will support local jobs around Kyneton and reinforce South Australia as the "nation's leader in renewable energy", while adding that the power generated will provide clean and renewable energy.
The 26 conditions relate to managing and controlling both construction and operation of the wind farm and related infrastructure such as transformers, transmission lines and cabling.