12/12/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

South Australia 10 Years Ahead Of Renewable Energy Target

The ninth wind farm in South Australia just opened on the Barunga Ranges near Snowtown. Its 47 turbines, installed by Trust Power of New Zealand, (who already operate that countries largest wind farm at Tararua), are said to have a capacity to deliver over 98MW. The company reckon this renewable energy should provide sufficient power for 70,000 Australian households.

Not only was this project completed ahead of schedule, but it allows the state of South Australia to claim that they now produce almost 60% of Australia's wind power. Additionally it means that South Australia is poised to meet Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's target for all states to produce 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2020.

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