Minister for Industrial Relations, Russell Wortley, congratulated Trustpower and their supplier Siemens on the second stage of the Snowtown Wind Farm project.
Minister Wortley, who represented Premier Jay Weatherill, said in a statementthat the project is a significant milestone.
“This project will add considerable capacity within South Australia to generate clean, green power from renewable sources,” Minister Wortley said.
The project is capable of generating 270 megawatts of renewable energy from its 90 turbines, while the $439 million Snowtown II site will have the capacity to power about 180,000 South Australian homes. Additionally, Snowtown II will aid South Australia in attaining the ambitious target of having 33 per cent of energy produced by renewable sources by 2020.
Minister Wortley also said that aside from the increasing recognition South Australia has received as a world leader in renewable energy, the investment has also helped create jobs throughout the region and provides a new stream of income to land holders.
“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,” he said. “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,” he added
South Australia has already exceeded Australia’s target of producing 20 per cent of our energy through renewable sources by 2020.