Stony Gap wind farm development approved

South Australia’s Environment Resources and Development (ERD) Court has granted Development Plan Consent to EnergyAustralia’s proposed Stony Gap wind farm, located approximately 125km north of Adelaide.

EnergyAustralia acting general manager business development Cameron Garnsworthy welcomed the court’s determination saying the company has worked hard to secure approval for several years.

“The Stony Gap site offers a world-class wind resource and has the potential to be one of Australia’s most efficient and productive renewable energy developments,” he said.

Mr Garnsworthy said EnergyAustralia had originally submitted the development application in 2011 and would now need to re-assess the project based on current market conditions as well as government policy and legislation.

For more than three years EnergyAustralia has been consulting with local community members via the Mid North Community Liaison Group.

“We will continue to work with the local community and seek to proactively engage stakeholders as we determine next steps,” Mr Garnsworthy said.

Upon completion, it’s estimated Stony Gap wind farm will meet the electricity needs for 64,000 local homes.