$1.3 billion wind project for SA

Suzlon Energy Australia has announced plans to invest $1.3 billion in the construction of one of the world’s largest wind energy projects, to be located on the Yorke Penisula in South Australia.

The 600 MW Ceres Project will comprise 180 turbines, and has the potential to generate enough electricity to power more than 200,000 homes annually.

Energy generated at the site would feed electricity directly into the metropolitan Adelaide grid via a High Voltage Direct Current connection that runs across Gulf St Vincent.

Of the project, South Australian Premier Mike Rann said: “In terms of the benefit to the environment, this level of wind power generating capacity is estimated to reduce output of carbon dioxide by 2.5 million tonnes each year.”

Premier Rann said Suzlon is currently preparing to implement a comprehensive community engagement and environmental assessment program and, if approved, hopes to complete the project by end of 2015.

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