At a Glance
Snowtown, South Australia
Trustpower is the sole owner of Snowtown Wind Farm, with operations and maintenance activities undertaken by the wind turbine suppliers. The wind farm is located on private farmland, on ridgelines at 300-430 metres (m) in altitude and spanning a distance of some 30km.
On completion, the total average annual output of stages one and two is expected to be approximately 1,350 GWh. That’s enough to power 230,000 homes and offset 950,000 tonnes a year of CO2 currently produced by coal-fired electricity generation.
Environment and community
A significant offset Environmental programme over 104 hectares has resulted in improved native grasslands biodiversity, improved land productivity and habitat protection for pygmy blue tongue lizards. There is also a native tree and shrub planting programme.
We have an on-going partnership with Snowtown Lions Club through the Lend a Hand Foundation. There has been an ongoing commitment to Aboriginal heritage, with surveys, monitoring, artefact preservation and agreed exclusions areas. We support heritage initiatives and make contributions to Aboriginal community funds.
New project: Snowtown Wind Farm stage two
Stage two has seen us installing ten Siemens SWT-3.0-101 and eighty SWT-3.0-108 direct-drive (no gearbox) wind turbines for a total installed capacity of 270 MW, producing an annual output of 985 GWh. These turbines are being placed adjacent to the existing stage one turbines on the Barunga Range and also to the south, along the Hummock Range.
The turbines will be connected by an electrical and communications network to a substation at Barunga Gap. From there, electricity will be carried along 28km of new 275kV overhead line, to a new substation 7km west of Blyth. It will then enter the ElectraNet Para to Bungama 275kV line.
To date the project has seen construction of an operations base, access roads, hard stands and foundations. Work continues on installation of electrical and communications networks and erection and commissioning of the turbines.
The first of the stage two power is on track for generation in late 2013. Commissioning is planned to continue through to late 2014, with an estimated project completion date of November 2014.
Stage two general information
Below are some helpful documents to keep you up to date with Snowtown stage two progress.
Click here to view the general arrangement of Snowtown stage two and emergency contact details.
Click here to view the indicative start dates.
Click here to view the Snowtown stage two brochure.
Click here to view the Snowtown stage two final layout.
Click here to view the Snowtown stage two indicative construction dates.
Click here to view the Snowtown stage two transport information.
Stage two weekly progress reports
Below are the weekly progress reports, covering work on Snowtown Wind Farm Stage Two.
Click here to view the report for week 50 - 9 December 2013
Click here to view the report for week 49 - 2 December, 2013.
Click here to view the report for week 48 - 25 November, 2013.
Click here to view the report for week 47 - 18 November, 2013.
Click here to view the report for week 46 - 11 November, 2013.
Please click here to view previous weekly reports.