Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park starts spinning

22 Sep 2021

South Australia’s transition to 100 per cent net renewables is another step closer with 50 wind turbines at Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park installed and ready for commissioning.

Completion of the turbines at the $500 million hybrid wind and solar project will increase South Australia’s wind generation capacity by 210MW, bringing the total state-wide capacity to 2351MW.

With the additional 110MW power generation from PAREP’s solar farm, South Australia’s total utility-scale solar farm capacity has grown by around 30 per cent.

Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park is an important part of South Australia’s cheaper and cleaner energy future.

“DP Energy and Iberdrola’s investment at Port Augusta is creating 200 full-time jobs during construction and a further 20 on-going jobs after completion,” said Minister van Holst Pellekaan.

“South Australian households have enjoyed an average $303 reduction in their electricity bills since the Marshall Government came to office and we’re working hard deliver further reductions.

“The Marshall Government is making our grid secure, low cost, and clean, to underpin our strong economic and jobs growth as we deal with the impact of the COVID-19.

“The 50 wind turbines will take advantage of the Port Augusta area’s high daytime wind resources – and this investment can mean that renewables make up more than two thirds’ of our power generation.”

“We anticipate the project’s combined solar and wind generation output will closely match South Australia’s electricity demand profile which will contribute to downward pressure on electricity prices while assisting with the security and reliability of the grid.

“It will also pair well with the SA-NSW Interconnector which will soon start construction, allowing SA to host more renewable projects and export excess wind and solar interstate.

“This asset will deliver cheaper power for businesses, paired with Iberdrola’s Lake Bonney windfarm and battery, and the government generators they have leased.”

“I’m also glad to have Spanish renewables giant Iberdrola in South Australia, because of their global interest in the production of green hydrogen and our government is looking forward to working with them into the future. The investment from global leaders like Iberdrola is a vote of confidence in our energy solution.”

More information can be found on the project website: www.parep.com.au