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Construction has begun at Neoen’s Goyder South project, set to become South Australia’s largest wind farm and promising up to 412MW of additional capacity to the state energy grid.

The wind farm will consist of 75 turbines and is expected to be operational by 2024. The South Australian Government says the project will create more than 400 jobs during the construction phase.

Goyder South Stage 1 is the first part of Neoen’s Goyder Renewables Zone, generating 1200MW of wind generation, 600MW of solar generation and 900MW of battery storage capacity, making it the state’s largest renewable project.

In comments made earlier this year, Neoen Australia Managing Director, Louis de Sambucy said the Goyder South project was a ‘world-class’ undertaking.

“We are delighted to start building the first stage of our Goyder Renewables Zone, Neoen’s most competitive giga-project,” Mr de Sambucy said.

“We look forward to building on this strong foundation, adding solar and batteries into the future to deliver firm 24/7 renewable energy.

“We would like to thank the South Australian and ACT Governments for their continued support and renewed trust.

“With this world class project, we are privileged to be supporting South Australia’s ambition to be a renewable energy exporter and contributing to the ACT’s target of net zero emissions by 2045.”

At 412MW, Goyder South Stage 1 is significantly bigger than the next biggest wind farm, the Snowtown Stage 2 site, which is 270MW.

South Australian Premier, Peter Malinauskas, and State Energy Minister, Tom Koutsantonis, attended the formal commencement of construction at the site in Burra in the state’s mid-north yesterday.

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