Clements Gap wind farm
Opened in February 2010, the Clements Gap wind farm was Pacific Hydro’s first project in South Australia.
With a capacity of 56.7 MW, the Clements Gap wind farm produces enough clean electricity to power the equivalent needs of around 33,000 homes each year, abating an estimated 154,000 tonnes of harmful greenhouse pollution annually.
The 27-generator project is located in the State’s mid north, approximately 20km north east of Port Broughton. The wind energy potential in the area has been recognised for many years with a number of homesteads in the region first gaining access to electricity through wind mills in the mid 1900s.
Over 400 people across 50 different work categories including civil and electrical, transport services, crane and truck drivers, welders and metal fixers were employed during the nine months of construction.
Pacific Hydro aims to ensure as many local jobs are created during each project as possible and at Clements Gap, all contractors for the project were South Australian based, with many workers residing locally.
The strong, continued support of the local community through the five-year development and construction phase, along with proactive South Australian Government policies, sustained encouragement from the Port Pirie Regional Council, and a national commitment to a 20% Renewable Energy Target have all contributed to the success of the project.