French renewable energy company Neoen is set to start construction of the first phase of 270MW Hornsdale wind farm in South Australia.


Last month, the government approved the $250m project’s offset management plan and scientific monitoring and research plan.

The wind farm will feature about 105 turbines in the Mid North of South Australia, around the town of Jamestown in the locality of Hornsdale.

After completion, the wind farm will have a maximum power generation capacity of 315MW. The first phase of the project with generation capacity of 100MW is expected to be operational in 2017.

Electricity generated from the project will be transmitted through underground cables or overhead transmission line to a central cable marshalling point at the onsite substation.

The onsite substation will be situated adjacent to the 275 kV power line that runs through the site area. It will then connect directly into the National Electricity Transmission Grid.

South Australia Climate Change Minister Ian Hunter said: "Projects such as the Hornsdale Wind Farm help us generate energy from clean, renewable sources while bringing investments to the State and

"This project helps reinforce South Australia’s reputation as the country’s foremost renewable energy state, and helps contribute to the $10 billion low carbon investment target as well as the 50 per cent renewable energy target, both to be achieved by 2025."

Earlier this year, the Australian Capital Territory government agreed to buy 100MW of energy from the Hornsdale project.

Image: The Hornsdale wind farm will feature about 105 turbines. Photo: courtesy of pakorn/