Work begins on Snowtown Wind Farm Stage 2

25/10/2012

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Work has begun on the $439 million second stage of the Snowtown Wind Farm project.

Capable of generating 270 megawatts of renewable energy from its 90 turbines, Snowtown II will have the capacity to power about 180,000 South Australian homes.

Representing Premier Jay Weatherill, Minister for Industrial Relations Russell Wortley congratulated Trustpower and their supplier Siemens on the significant milestone.

"This project will add considerable capacity within South Australia to generate clean, green power from renewable sources," Minister Wortley said.

"South Australia is increasingly recognised as a world leader in renewable energy.

"If we were a country in our own right, we would be second in the world when it comes to generating power through renewable technology."

Minister Wortley said the Mid-North is playing a key role in this remarkable transition to renewable energy.

"The investment in renewable energy has helped to create jobs throughout the region and provides a new stream of income to land holders," Minister Wortley said.

"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.

"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."

South Australia has already exceeded Australia's target of producing 20 per cent of our energy through renewable sources by 2020.

Snowtown II will help South Australia achieve the ambitious target of having 33 per cent of energy produced by renewable sources by 2020.