Snowtown Wind Farm

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Snowtown Wind Farm
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Streamers of fog blow through newly erected Snowtown wind farm turbines
Snowtown Wind Farm is located in South Australia
Snowtown Wind Farm
Location of Snowtown Wind Farm in South Australia
Country Australia
Location Barunga and Hummocks ranges west of Snowtown
Coordinates 33°41′36″S 138°7′51″E / 33.69333°S 138.13083°E / -33.69333; 138.13083Coordinates: 33°41′36″S 138°7′51″E / 33.69333°S 138.13083°E / -33.69333; 138.13083
Status Operational
Construction began 2007
Commission date 2008 (stage I)
2014 (stage II)
Owner(s) Trustpower
Wind farm
Type onshore
Site area 70.5 acres (29 ha)
Hub height 80 m (262 ft)
Rotor diameter 88 m (289 ft)
Power generation
Units operational 47 x 2.1 MW
90 x 3.0 MW
Make and model Suzlon Energy: S88_2.1MW
Siemens
Nameplate capacity 368.7 MW

The Snowtown wind farm is a located on the Barunga and Hummocks ranges west of Snowtown in the Mid North of South Australia, around 150 kilometres (93 mi) north of the state capital, Adelaide. It is owned by TrustPower. The first stage of 47 turbines was completed in 2008 and further 90 turbines became operational in 2014.[1]

History[edit]

The first power generated by the wind turbines was received into the public grid in December 2007.[citation needed] The first stage of the wind farm, constructed by Suzlon Energy Australia, was substantially completed by October 2008 and was officially opened on 2 November 2008.[2]

The second stage of 90 Siemens turbines became operational in November 2014.[1]

Site[edit]

The location of the wind farm, the Barunga Range, is a north-south trending ridge of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Since it is generally treeless, rounded, and lies across the direction of the prevailing westerly winds, it provides an outstanding site for a wind farm.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vorrath, Sophie: "South Australia’s 270MW Snowtown takes wind energy to new highs", in RenewEconomy, 3 November 2014
  2. ^ "SA welcomes construction of $220m wind farm". ABC. 2 November 2008. 

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