Snowtown Wind Farm
|Snowtown Wind Farm|
|Location||Barunga and Hummocks ranges west of Snowtown|
|Commission date||2008 (stage I)|
2014 (stage II)
|Hub height||80 m (262 ft)|
|Rotor diameter||88 m (289 ft), 95 m (312 ft), 101 m (331 ft), 108 m (354 ft)|
|Site area||70.5 acres (29 ha)|
|Site elevation||300 to 430 m|
|Units operational||47 x 2.1 MW|
90 x 3.0 MW
|Make and model||Suzlon Energy: S88_2.1MW|
|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 Tilt Renewables, which demerged from Trustpower in 2016. The first stage of 47 turbines was completed in 2008 and Stage 2 of 90 turbines became operational in 2014.
Trustpower began investigating the site in 2002 and started construction of Stage 1 in 2006. Stage 1 was commissioned in 2008 with one additional turbine added in 2011. The first power generated by the wind turbines was received into the public grid in December 2007. 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.
The location of the wind farm, the Barunga Range, is a north-south trending ridge of the northern Mount Lofty Ranges. It is generally treeless, rounded, and lies across the direction of the prevailing westerly winds.
The Snowtown Wind Farm operates as three separate connections to the National Electricity Market. Stage 1 is a single line of turbines on the western side of the combined farm. Stage 2 has a southern section which mostly extends the line to the south, and a northern part which is adjacent on the east side of Stage 1.
- "Trustpower Snowtown Wind Farm Fact Sheet". Trustpower. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
- Vorrath, Sophie: "South Australia’s 270MW Snowtown takes wind energy to new highs", in RenewEconomy, 3 November 2014
- "SA welcomes construction of $220m wind farm". ABC. 2 November 2008.