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Snowtown will become SA’s largest wind farm



Renewable energy firm, TrustPower, has appointed Siemens as its turn-key supplier to construct the Snowtown II wind farm, using for the first time in Australia, world-leading gearless drive wind turbine technology. With the $439 million project formally reaching financial close last week, the Snowtown II wind farm development will be capable of generating 270 megawatts of renewable energy and powering about 180, 000 South Australian homes. Siemens Energy head, David Pryke, believes Snowtown offers some of the most ideal wind conditions for the production of renewable energy.

“The wind technology chosen for the project is ideally suited to the Snowtown II site, featuring state-of-the-art gearless drive systems and highly efficient rotor blades allowing us to maximise the delivery of reliable renewable energy from this project, ” Mr Pryke said.

TrustPower, a publicly listed New Zealand electricity company, awarded Siemens the contract to engineer, procure, construct and maintain a full turnkey solution for 90 wind turbines including the substation, switchgear and transformers to connect into the grid.

The Snowtown II wind farm will cement South Australia as the lead generator of renewable energy having already exceeded the nation’s 20 per cent by 2020 renewable energy target with 26 per cent of South Australia’s electricity now generated by wind.

SA has now set a target of 33 per cent renewable energy by 2020. The new Snowtown II wind farm is set to help achieve this target.

Snowtown II is co-located with the existing Snowtown wind farm, which will more than triple the renewable energy generation of the region.

Early preparations have started, ensuring the project is fully operational by the end of 2014.

Wakefield Regional Council mayor, James Maitland, was keen to see some action at last. “It has been in the system forever. Bring it on, ” he said.

WRC was approached by Siemens to upgrade some roads in the district last month to accommodate increased traffic to substations and other wind farm infrastructure.

Mr Maitland said council would accommodate those works, which will be paid for by the developer.

Sorsed from Balaklava - The Plains Producer
14 August 2013


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