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Snowtown Wind Farm

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Snowtown Wind Farm
LocationBarunga and Hummocks ranges west of Snowtown
Coordinates33°49′48″S 138°7′7″E / 33.83000°S 138.11861°E / -33.83000; 138.11861Coordinates: 33°49′48″S 138°7′7″E / 33.83000°S 138.11861°E / -33.83000; 138.11861
Construction began2007
Commission date2008 (stage I)
2014 (stage II)
Owner(s)Tilt Renewables, Palisade Investment Partners
Operator(s)Tilt Renewables
Wind farm
Hub height80 m (262 ft)
Rotor diameter88 m (289 ft), 95 m (312 ft), 101 m (331 ft), 108 m (354 ft)
Site area70.5 acres (29 ha)
Site elevation300 to 430 m[1]
Power generation
Units operational48 x 2.1 MW
90 x 3.0 MW
Make and modelSuzlon Energy: 47 x S88_2.1MW; 1 x S95_2.1MW
Siemens: 80 x SWT-108-3.0MW; 10 x SWT-101-3.0MW
Nameplate capacity370.8 MW

The Snowtown wind farms are located on the Barunga and Hummocks ranges west of Snowtown in the Mid North of South Australia, around 150 kilometres (93 mi) north of the state capital, Adelaide. They were developed by Trustpower and owned by Tilt Renewables, which demerged from Trustpower in 2016. The first stage of 47 turbines was completed in 2008 and Stage 2 of 90 turbines became operational in 2014.[2] Stage 2 was sold by Tilt Renewables to Palisade Investment Partners in December 2019.


Trustpower began investigating the site in 2002 and started construction of Stage 1 in 2006. Stage 1 was commissioned in 2008 with one additional turbine added in 2011.[1] The first power generated by the wind turbines was received into the public grid in December 2007.[citation needed] The first stage of the wind farm, constructed by Suzlon Energy Australia, was substantially completed by October 2008 and was officially opened on 2 November 2008.[3][4]

The second stage of 90 Siemens 3.0MW turbines was completed in June 2014[1] and officially opened in November 2014.[2][5] It has a long-term power purchase contract with Origin Energy and was sold to Palisade Investment Partners in December 2019 for A$1.07 billion.[6] Tilt retained ownership of Stage 1, which does not have a power purchase agreement.[7]


The location of the wind farm, the Barunga Range, is a north–south trending ridge of the northern Mount Lofty Ranges. It is generally treeless, rounded, and lies across the direction of the prevailing westerly winds.

The Snowtown Wind Farm operates as three separate connections to the National Electricity Market. Stage 1 is a single line of turbines on the western side of the combined farm. Stage 2 has a southern section which mostly extends the line to the south, and a northern part which is adjacent on the east side of Stage 1.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Trustpower Snowtown Wind Farm Fact Sheet". Trustpower. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b Vorrath, Sophie: "South Australia’s 270MW Snowtown takes wind energy to new highs", in RenewEconomy, 3 November 2014
  3. ^ "SA welcomes construction of $220m wind farm". ABC. 2 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Snowtown Wind Farm / Stage 1". Tilt Renewables. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  5. ^ "About Us". Snowtown Wind Farm 2. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Snowtown Wind Farm 2 - About Us". Palisade Investment Partners. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  7. ^ Parkinson, Giles (5 December 2019). "Tilt lands $1 billion deal for sale of Snowtown 2 wind farm". Renew Economy. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
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