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South Australia puts brakes on Barossa wind farms

The South Australian government will discourage the siting of wind farms in the key winegrowing areas of McLaren Vale and Barossa.

Canunda wind farm, South Australia

South Australia currently has more than half the nation’s wind power, supplying more than 25% of the state’s energy needs.

The government says it ‘places primary importance on meeting its target to have 33% of electricity generated from renewable sources by 2020.’

The Statewide Wind Farms Development Plan Amendment (DPA) was approved by the Minister for Planning on 18 October 2012.

The amendment aims to discourage the development of wind farms in McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley.

The revised rules will also discourage wind farms in ‘valuable environmental and scenic areas’ including the Clare Valley, coastal areas, conservation zones, the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Flinders Ranges and the River Murray corridor.

They will continue to keep wind turbines at least one kilometre away from homes and at least two kilometres away from towns, but strengthen rights of appeal for people affected by the developments.

During the consultation period 276 submissions – many of them detailed – were submitted.

‘The government remains committed to providing ample opportunity for investment in wind energy in South Australia, while balancing the legitimate concerns of the community,’ attorney-general John Rau said.

[Image: Clarkecb at en.wikipedia]

Written by Adam Lechmere

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