South Australia will replace the South Australian Drake Power Plant with a $500 million windfarm on Swan Hill at its west end, the state’s Energy Minister said.
Key points:The $500m windfarm will be built on Swan Hills land and will generate power for the South West and the EastWest regionIt will create up to 1,100 jobsThe South Australian Government is committed to the future of the Swan Hills power stationSouth Australia is currently building its own windfarm to power the state and will now build the Swan Hill Windfarm, Energy Minister Jay Weatherill said.
The South Australia Government is now committed to building its Swan Hills windfarm and it will generate up to 100 megawatts of electricity, Mr Weatherill told ABC Radio Adelaide.
“We’re moving forward with our plans to move to a new, clean energy future,” he said.
“This is an important step in South Australia becoming a regional leader in the renewable energy industry and in the energy transition.”
Swan Hills Windfarm is due to be completed in 2020.
Mr Weatherill welcomed the Government’s commitment to the Swan hills power station.
“It’s great news,” he told ABC News Breakfast.
“I think South Australia has been looking to become a regional powerhouse for a while now, we’ve done it with the Drake.”
The Swan Hills Wind Farm is a good example of that.”‘
It’s an important sign’The Swan Hill windfarm has a capacity of 1,000MW, and Mr Weatherills said it was “a good sign”.”
I’m happy for them to continue to make the decision and make that decision with the benefit of the South Australia economy,” he added.
The Swan hills site was first developed in the 1950s by then Prime Minister Ernest Beasley, and the first dam was built in 1974.
Mr Beasley also built the Swan hill-Elden dam, which is now under construction.
The state Government is also planning a large solar farm on the site.
Mr Stormill said the decision to build the windfarm was a “very good signal” for the future.”
A lot of people will be looking forward to this, it’s a very significant project,” he continued.”
In the long term it will provide energy for the Swan area, for the south-west, for Swan Hill, and for Swan Hills itself, as well as providing jobs.
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