The South Australian wind facility of the Snowtown South Wind Farm would now get more wind turbines. The company has now applied for an electricity generation license for the second stage. The purpose of this license would be to add an additional 42 Siemens 3.0 MW wind turbines at the site.
The wind farm is located on the Hummocks and Barunga Ranges approximately 5km west of Snowtown in South Australia. It is owned by TrustPower, a New Zealand-based company that also operates two wind farms in NZ.
If the license is approved by the Essential Services Commission of SA, then the farm would be able to add more turbines which would produce the equivalent of 10% of South Australia's current electricity consumption. This would be very beneficial as it would further cement the state's lead in wind power generation.
The stage 1 of the farm was completed in 2008. It included over 47 Suzlon S88 2.1 MW wind turbines that had the capability of generating enough electricity to supply the power needs of nearly 70,000 average South Australian households. It is one of the best performing sites in Australia and internationally and experiences an annual average capacity factor of approximately 45%.