New Zealand electricity generation and electricity retailing company Trustpower announced in December it had pushed back its formal planning application lodgement for the proposed Palmer Wind Farm, 50km east of Adelaide.
Trustpower development manager Rodney Ahern said this would allow the company sufficient time to consult with the community about the results of the technical studies it had conducted through workshops and information days it had planned for January.
The proposed wind farm site, which is in the Mid Murray Council area, is approximately 30km long and located on the ranges between Palmer, Tungkillo and Sanderston.
“The Palmer Wind Farm project team is working hard to complete site survey works and specialist technical studies to address queries raised by the community to date,” Mr Ahern said.
“Although we are keen to lodge the planning application with Mid Murray Council at the earliest opportunity, we are committed to providing feedback to the queries raised at the community workshops that have already taken place.
“It was also important that we accommodate concerns regarding community availability for consultation over the Christmas school holidays.”
The feedback and input obtained through community consultation has been provided to the experts conducting the technical studies to ensure they are incorporated.
Mr Ahern said the wind farm layout and design had already been amended to incorporate findings of site investigations and community feedback.
As a result, six turbines have been removed from the original layout, with the further relocation of 86 of the remaining 124 turbines. The locations of associated site facilities, transmission lines, on-site tracks and access road options all have been further refined.
“Since the previous community information sessions and workshops, the Palmer Wind Farm project team has continued consulting and informing members of the local community, a range of government departments and other key stakeholders of the project details,” Mr Ahern said.
“We have also commissioned further investigations from our expert consultants on a range of issues, including visual impact.”