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By Andrew Lee in London
Thursday, February 13 2014
The 197-turbine Ceres plan – which includes an undersea
HVDC cable across Gulf St Vincent to connect
to the Adelaide grid – was given approval by the South Australian state
Senvion Australia –
formerly known as REpower Australia – first
unveiled plans to develop the wind farm on the state’s Yorke Peninsula in late
2011, taking a 65% stake in the project company.
Germany-based Senvion hopes to start work on the project by the end of
this year and complete it in 2016.
The approval is a big boost for Senvion, a subsidiary of
India’s Suzlon, and the profile of wind power in Australia.
Renewables have been fighting a rearguard action to maintain
momentum in the country under the more sceptical national leadership of Tony
Abbott’s government, elected last year.
At 600MW Ceres would surpass the 420MW Macarthur as the
biggest wind farm in Australia and the southern hemisphere.
Chris Judd, Senvion Australia’s managing director, said: “We
congratulate the South Australian government on its continued leadership and
vision for renewable energy in the state.”
The company said the plan approved for Ceres includes “unprecedented
environmental credentials” and will produce enough power annually for 225,000
The project team will now focus on securing approval for the
connection and other issues, said Senvion.
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