11th wind farm opens in SA
South Australia's 11th wind farm was opened yesterday (Thursday).
Pacific Hydro's Clements Gap wind farm is near Crystal Brook and has 27 turbines, which are expected to produce enough power for about 30,000 homes.
"That equates to about 200,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere each year," Premier Mike Rann said.
It is now the 11th wind farm in SA, amounting to a total wind-generated output of 868 megawatts.
"That means - with just 8 per cent of Australia's population - we have more wind power capacity than the other States combined," Mr Rann said.
“It’s a fantastic achievement, given that in 2002 we didn’t have a single operational wind turbine in SA.
“Now, we are seen as the jurisdiction of choice by the renewable energy industry, with about $2 billion invested in SA wind farms so far, and more in the pipeline.
“These investments deliver significant benefits to local communities, as well as to consumers and our environment.
“The site has employed a total of 425 people, with all contractors SA-based.
“SA is committed to being a leader in the development and production of renewable energy.
“Projects such as the Clements Gap Wind Farm are helping us to realise that goal and reach our environmental and economic goals.
“We want to secure the jobs of the future, and through green industries such as wind power, we will reach our goal of generating 33pc of SA’s power from renewable sources by 2020.”