The Clements Gap site is located on the prominent north-south running Barunga Range. The wind farm site is approximately 160 kilometres (km) north northwest of Adelaide City and is situated approximately 20 km to the northeast of Port Broughton.
At the Clements Gap Wind Farm, the orientation of the ridgeline favourably captures the predominant westerly winds that arrive from the nearby Spencer Gulf. There are consistent strong winds and the site is located close to the grid.
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The towers were sourced from South Australian contractor RPG Air Ride. The blades and nacelles come from India. Due to the nature of the site, rock anchoring was utilised as opposed to gravity anchoring, using approximately 50 per cent less concrete than may have otherwise been required.
The S88 has received Type Approval by Germanischer Lloyd; its design follows IEC Class IIA load assumptions; and the design certification includes tower, nacelle (including generator and gearbox) and rotor.
Energy purchase and supply
The plant is expected to produce approximately 200 gigawatt hours of electricity annually. Power generated from the project is sold into the national electricity market. The generator operates intermittently and is registered as a semi-scheduled generator. It is an accredited generator under the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target and Green Power Scheme. The plant is connected to a 132 KV transmission network via a 15 km transmission line. The project is expected to save 200,00tonnes per annum of greenhouse gas emissions – equivalent to the output of 33,000 homes.
Clements Gap Wind Farm was officially opened by South Australian Premier Mike Rann on 18 February 2010. The 56.7 megawatt project is Pacific Hydro’s first in South Australia and was made possible thanks to proactive state government policies, strong support from the Port Pirie Regional Council and an enthusiastic community. In keeping with Pacific Hydro’s commitment to supporting local communities, much of the construction work was contracted locally and over the lifespan of the project, Pacific Hydro’s Sustainable Communities fund will inject more than $1million into local community organisations.
Under the Federal Government’s 20 percent renewable energy target, more than 6,000 MW of new wind power is expected to be developed by 2020. Pacific Hydro is well placed to build on its existing portfolio of wind farms and aims to capture a 20 per cent share of the Australian wind power market. To meet this goal the company intends to construct up to 150 MW of new wind farm capacity every year over the next 12 years, with 750 MW of new projects due to come online within the next five years.
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