Clements Gap wind farm in Australia

Premier Mike Rann says that "about 868 megawatts of wind power which means we have more wind power capacity than the other states combined."

The Clements Gap wind farm, south of Port Pirie, has 27 wind turbines.

Clements Gap Wind Farm is situated in the Barunga Ranges in South Australia, 20 minutes south of Port Pirie. The Clements Gap site was chosen because of its consistently powerful winds, simple grid connection, easy construction access and strong community support.

The project was granted planning approval by Port Pirie Regional Council in mid-2003 and is Pacific Hydro’s first wind farm to begin construction in South Australia.

Once complete the wind energy project will generate enough clean power for up to 30,000 homes and avoid the emission of around 200,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year.

Much construction as possible has been contracted locally. The wind power project continues to enjoy strong support from the community and Port Pirie Regional Council and is set to deliver substantial benefits to the region.

Capacity 56.7MW. Location SA, Australia. Number of Wind Turbines 27. Greenhouse Gas Saving Up to 200,000 tonnes pa. Homes Supplied Equivalent Up to 30,000 pa.

In January 2008, Pacific Hydro Pty Ltd awarded Suzlon Energy Australia Pty Ltd a contract for the Supply and Installation of Wind Turbine Generators for the Clements Gap Wind Farm in South Australia. The Clements Gap Wind Farm comprises 27 Suzlon S88 2.1MW wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 56.7MW.

The S88 2.1MW wind turbine has a simple design philosophy to provide a tough, reliable machine that not only maximizes energy production from the available wind, but ensures the turbines operate reliably and with minimal maintenance costs during their lifespan. Suzlon was responsible for the Supply and Installation of the wind turbines.