Community engagement results in halved wind farm capacity

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The number of wind turbines proposed for the Crystal Brook Energy Park has been reduced by more than 50 per cent in direct response to feedback from the local community and Port Pirie Council.

Following two years of project development and continuous community engagement, the reduction in wind turbines for the park will ensure a generous development buffer between the project and the Flinders Ranges.

Crystal Brook Energy Park will be showcased to the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) in Port Pirie on 10 and 11 October. A part of the Development Application process, the Panel will also consult local community members on their views of the proposal during this session, which spans two days.

Managing Director of project developer Neoen Australia, Franck Woitiez, said the Crystal Brook Energy Park represents a potential investment of $500 million in South Australia.

“It will create over 200 jobs during construction and around a dozen permanent jobs during operation. As with all our projects, Neoen will ensure that jobs go to local workers and industries wherever possible. Upon completion of the project, we will also create an $80,000-per-year Community Fund, which will be allocated by local community leaders to community projects that drive environmental and social change,” Mr Woitiez said.

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