Cathedral Rocks Wind Farm

Project Snapshot

  • Location: near the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, approximately 28km south-west of Port Lincoln.
  • Capacity: 66MW, using 33 Vestas 2MW wind turbine generators.
  • Ownership: Joint venture between ACCIONA Energy and EnergyAustralia.
  • Completion Date: May 2007.
  • Energy Production: meets the energy needs of approximately 35,000 households each year.
  • Projected CO2 Emissions Benefit: approximately 150,000 tonnes annually.
  • Job creation: 85 manufacturing and installation jobs during construction from July 2004 to February 2007. A number of operations and maintenance roles will exist throughout the duration of the operation.
  • Project Value: A$160m.

Project Benefits

With a capital cost of over A$100 million, the Cathedral Rocks Wind Farm brings significant economic, social and environmental benefits to the Eyre Peninsula and South Australia by:

  • Contributing to the local economy through local sourcing, where possible, of construction materials, subcontractors and suppliers.
  • Employing local workers during construction and operation.
  • Adding to South Australia’s image as an Australian leader in renewable energy production.
    Protecting and conserving over 2300 hectares of native vegetation at the site under a heritage agreement.

Community Involvement

  • Community consultation and involvement of local groups has been important for the project’s success:
  • Community consultation was undertaken during the planning process.
  • The results of a community survey taken at public information sessions and other community events indicated an extremely high level of local support for the project: 92% of those surveyed were ‘very much in favour’ and 8% were
  • ‘somewhat in favour’ of the wind farm.
  • The wind farm supports local sporting and community events and has assisted community groups and schools.

Environmental Considerations

The development ‘footprint’ of the wind farm is a small percentage of the total land area and construction activities were designed to minimise any impacts and protect coastal vegetation and cultural heritage areas. Environmental management has been documented in an environmental management plan. As part of the environmental management plan, weeds, foxes and feral cats are being eradicated from the site.

ACCIONA keeps the community informed of activities in regular newsletters.