Wind energy watcher, David Clarke of South Australia has sent through another dispatch:
Dr Graham Bethune (CEO of Energy Quest – an energy advisory and research firm) said on ABC 891 Radio on 9 December, 2013 that in the third quarter of the year, 41 percent of South Australia’s electricity was generated by wind turbines. He said that a further 4 percent came from solar power.
The wind power figure might well be higher than expected – I believe that September was unusually windy. However, SA’s installed wind power is to be increased by a further 22 percent when the currently under construction Snowtown Stage 2 is completed, so we could see 50 percent of SA’s power coming from the wind by 2015.
That’s right folks. South Australia’s continues to make incredible progress on renewable energy.
As noted in previous Yes 2 Renewables posts, the state is speeding towards 50 percent renewable energy generation. The Snowtown II wind farm is nearing completion and will boost South Australia’s wind energy capacity by 25 percent.
Just last week, South Australian planning minister approved a Pacific Hydro wind farm for Keyneton near the Barossa Valley. That project would install 42 turbines, power the equivalent of 68,000 homes a year, and avoid 240,000 tonnes of carbon pollution.
South Australia has cemented it’s position as national leader on wind energy, leaving behind state’s with restrictive ‘brown’ tape that stall wind farm developments.