Planning and Environment
The total output of the combined Snowtown wind farms is 370MW, making it the biggest in South Australia.
The annual output of the combined Snowtown Wind Farm is 1,232GWh of renewable energy.
This is enough electricity to power over 200,000 South Australian homes. The wind farm offsets approximately 600,000 tonnes of CO2 produced by thermal electricity generation every year, the equivalent of removing around 200,000 cars from South Australia’s roads.
The combined Snowtown Wind Farm is the second largest, and one of the
best performing wind farms in Australia.
Final planning approvals for Snowtown 2 Wind Farm were secured in August 2012 to install 90 Siemens 3.0 MW turbines with an output of up to 270MW.
The wind farm was approved following a number of environmental and social impact assessments, including:
The Snowtown Wind Farm was used as a case study for the South Australian government’s ‘South Australian Multiple Land Use Framework’.
The case study outlines how Tilt Renewables worked closely with the potentially affected landowners (both on and adjacent to the proposed site) and local community to ensure that the impacts of the construction of the turbines were kept to a minimum, the community and relevant stakeholders were kept well informed and the community were supported and there were social, economical and environmental benefits from the development. The relationships that Tilt Renewables fostered with landowners and local community groups was fundamental to the project’s success.
A copy of the case study can be downloaded here.