SA govt approves $1.5 billion wind farm

The South Australian government has given the go-ahead for a $1.


5 billion wind farm to be built on the Yorke Peninsula.

The 197-turbine Ceres Project will be located between Ardrossan and Minlaton, Planning Minister John Rau said on Thursday.

The development has been approved subject to conditions relating to its construction and operation and infrastructure such as transformers, transmission lines and cabling.

The development will connect to the Adelaide electricity grid via an under-sea transmission cable from Port Julia to St Kilda.

“It is estimated that the Ceres wind farm would be able to power the equivalent of 225,000 South Australian homes a year,” Mr Rau said.

“This will avoid the creation of up to 2.5 million tonnes of carbon pollution each year, or the equivalent of a 278,000 hectare tree plantation.”

It is expected to generate 500 direct jobs during construction, as well as 50 full time jobs over the 25 year operational life of the development.

Mr Rau said the company has also proposed a community benefit fund of $200,000 per annum over the 25 year period.

Clean Energy Council chief executive David Green congratulated the state government and Senvion Australia for winning approval for the wind farm.

It would provide enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 225,000 homes a year, he said.

“It will also be the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere when completed in 2016 – a title currently held by AGL’s Macarthur Wind Farm in western Victoria,” Mr Green said.

“The Renewable Energy Target is due to be reviewed this year and, if left alone to do its job, will continue to provide an incentive for clean energy projects such as Ceres that provide hundreds of direct and flow-on jobs for the local economy.”

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