Construction has begun on South Australia’s biggest wind farm, which will consist of 75 turbines and is expected to be operational in 2024.
The construction phase of the project will create more than 400 jobs and will deliver an additional 412MW of capacity to the grid in South Australia.
The commencement of construction work on the Neoen’s Goyder South project is a significant moment for renewable energy in South Australia.
Goyder South Stage One is the first part of Neoen’s Goyder Renewables Zone’s wind, solar and storage.
Goyder South has received development approval for a total of 1200MW of wind generation, 600MW of solar generation and 900MW of battery storage capacity, making it the state’s largest renewable project.
At 412MW, Goyder South Stage One is significantly bigger than the next biggest wind farm, the Snowtown Stage Two site, which is 270MW.
South Australian Premier, Peter Malinauskas, and South Australian Energy Minister, Tom Koutsantonis, were among attendees at the formal commencement of construction at the site in Burra in the state’s mid-north.
Representatives from the local Ngadjuri Nation people joined Neoen Australia’s Managing Director Louis De Sambucy, Department for Energy and Mining Chief Executive, Dr Paul Heithersay, and local service providers, land-owners and communities of the Mid-North region to mark the occasion.
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