Nov 3, 2014 - New Zealand firm TrustPower Ltd (NZE:TPW) on Sunday put on stream a 270-MW wind farm in South Australia, part of its 370.8-MW Snowtown complex.
The new Snowtown II wind park, which is worth AUD 439 million (USD 384m/EUR 307m), is an extension to the 98.7-MW Snowtown I plant, which has been operational since 2008. An additional 2.1-MW machine was installed at the site in 2011 to boost the capacity of the park to 100.8 MW.
The 270-MW facility in South Australia’s Mid-North region is powered by 90 turbines made by Germany’s Siemens (FRA:SIE) that are expected to generate 989 GWh of electricity annually. Meanwhile, the output of the whole complex is now seen reaching about 1,350 GWh, or enough to supply 230,000 homes, the developer says on its website.
Australian energy company Origin Energy Ltd (ASX:ORG) is buying the generated power.
The opening of the huge wind farm comes at a time when Australia’s government intends to cut the Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme. In contrast, South Australia's Premier Jay Weatherill said in September the state will aim at a 50% renewables share by 2025, as the percentage might have surpassed 33% already.
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