Wind farms in South Australia produced enough to meet 83% of the state’s power needs for 24 hours up to 0400, local time, on July 11, as a result of the severe winter weather.
According to the Clean Energy Council, wind produced over two-thirds of the state's electricity over the weekend too. It says that South Australia has 683 wind turbines.
Last week, at the official opening of the 100-MW first phase of the Hornsdale Wind Farm project near Jamestown, Climate Change Minister Ian Hunter noted that roughly 41% of South Australia’s electricity is generated from renewables. This was the first wind farm to be energised in the state since Snowtown Stage 2 about three years ago.
The Hornsdale project of French power producer Neoen, Megawatt Capital Investments and John Laing, has a second phase of 100 MW under construction. It is expected to become operational by the end of the year. The output of the Hornsdale I and II wind farms will be purchased by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).