November 28 (Renewables Now) - A Supreme Court in Australia has turned down an appeal against Tilt Renewables Ltd’s (NZE:TLT) up to 300-MW Palmer wind project in South Australia, putting an end to the legal battle over the long-stalled plan.
The company announced the decision last week, saying the development approval brings certainty to the project.
The South Australian Supreme Court has upheld the March 2018 decision of the South Australian Environment, Resources and Development Court to grant planning approval for the Palmer wind project. The scheme, proposed in 2013, was initially greenlighted by the Mid Murray Council, but the decision was later appealed in the ERD Court following objection by environmental groups and property owners. The latter’s approval was then challenged in the Supreme Court, which had the final say.
Tilt Renewables, formerly TrustPower Ltd, intends to erect up to 103 turbines with a tip height of 165 m (541 ft) in the Mid Murray Council area, 50 km (31.1 miles) east of Adelaide. Once completed, this power plant will be able to produce around 1,300 GWh of electricity per year.
Looking ahead, Tilt Renewables said it will “continue to assess the project against other options in its portfolio” and move on with development activities “at an appropriate time to meet market opportunities.”