Suzlon planning new wind project in south Australia

Wind Power ProjectWind power company Suzlon Energy is planning a USD 1.3 Bn project in regional South Australia to power 225,000 homes a year.

Suzlon Energy Australia said the USD 1.3 Bn wind farm will be built 20 kilometres South-West of Ardrossan, a small town on the East Coast of the Yorke Peninsula.

It said up to 180 turbines will generate 600 Mw of energy and deliver power to 225,000 homes in Adelaide via an undersea cable.

The project is expected to create 500 construction jobs and 50 ongoing jobs will be completed by the end of 2015, it said.

Suzlon Energy Australia Commercial Director Chris Judd said the company was approached by local landowners last year to develop the project.

“It’s basically been a landowner-developed project and this has been a dream of theirs for over seven years now, so the beauty of this project is that it does come with some seven years of homework and data, etc, behind it to help justify its economics,” he said.

Suzlon is also involved with wind farm projects at Hallett, North of Adelaide.

Premier Mike Rann said the Yorke Peninsula proposal will add to South Australia’s green credentials.

It was reported that Rann met with the company, the biggest wind turbine supplier in India and the world’s fifth-largest, during a trade trip to the South Asian nation earlier this month, where he stated that Suzlon had “really been helping us in generating wind power”.