Clements Gap Wind Farm, Australia

Clements Gap Wind Farm (CGWF) is the 11th wind farm built in South Australia. The farm is located about 200km northwards of the Spencer Gulf, Adelaide, in Barunga Ranges, South Australia. CGWF is owned by Pacific Hydro and will generate around 56.7MW of power. It is Pacific Hydro’s first power facility in South Australia.

The project was planned as a part of Australian Government’s commitment to step-up its Mandatory Renewable Energy Target (MRET) to 20% by 2020. CGWF commenced operations in August 2009, while it officially opened on 18 February 2010. The cost of the project was approximately $150m. The wind farm is capable of generating enough energy to power around 30,000 homes annually.

The renewable power facility will also reduce five million tons of greenhouse gases. Clements Gap wind farm project details The plan for developing the wind farm dates back to 2001. The planning approval was received from Port Pirie Regional Council in mid-2003. Pacific Hydro awarded a contract, which involved the supply and installation of wind turbine generators, to Suzlon Energy in February 2008. Suzlon Energy carried out the work, including the design and manufacture of the turbine units, in-house wind turbine micro-siting, wind turbine power curve testing, and the international shipping and delivery of wind turbine components to the rural site.

The company has manufactured 80m-tall steel towers, in addition to the installation, commissioning and testing of the wind turbines. It has also supplied and installed SCADA systems for the farm. Suzlon Energy will also provide long-term maintenance and other services to the wind farm. “The wind farm is capable of generating enough energy to power around 30,000 homes annually.” Wind farm construction