As part of this process we will ensure that interested and effected parties will have every opportunity to find out more about the details of the project and provide valuable input into the final design.
This site is approximately 30km long along the ridgelines on roughly 10,000 hectares and has been selected due to the excellent wind energy potential and its close proximity to the Tungkillo substation.
Trustpower Business development Manager Rodney Ahern said the proposed $700 million Palmer Wind Farm would produce up to 390 MW of renewable energy each year, which is enough to power more than 250,000 homes.
"We have completed preliminary investigations and are starting detailed planning application studies and community and stakeholder engagement to help shape the final project feasibility and design," Mr Ahern said. "As part of this process we will ensure that interested and effected parties will have every opportunity to find out more about the details of the project and provide valuable input into the final design."
The proposed project will include up to 130 turbines connected by underground and overhead electrical cables to possibly two on-site substations.
The Palmer Wind Farm will employ around 250-300 people during construction and around 12-15 people during on-going operations for the estimated 25-30 year life of the project.
"It will create local jobs and provide a significant economic injection into the local communities during both the construction phase and general operations," Mr Ahern said. "This will contribute to strengthening and diversifying the local economy, generate new streams of income for farmers and other local businesses, and provide income support for community services."
Trustpower is also the owner/operator of the Snowtown Wind Farm, where Stage 1 with 48 turbines has been operating since 2008 with Stage 2, consisting of a further 90 turbines, currently under construction. Stage 2 has resulted in around $65 million being spent on local, regional and SA contract suppliers.
"As with the Snowtown Wind Farm, where we have had strong community support, we will be meticulous in undertaking investigations to gain a greater understanding of the potential impacts the wind farm may have on the local environment and amenity," Mr Ahern said.
The Mid Murray Council Development Assessment Panel (CDAP) will be the approval authority for the Palmer Wind Farm development application.
It is envisaged the planning application will be lodged following an extensive community consultation process towards the end of 2013.
More details on the consultation process can be found on the website www.trustpower.co.nz/palmerwindfarm which will be updated regularly.