Pacific Hydro is seeking approval to install a battery at the Clements Gap Wind Farm in South Australia.
The battery will store energy and help to provide better network security to the people of South Australia. It will be located on privately-owned land next to the wind farm substation.
The project will have an estimated investment of $25 million. Pacific Hydro has lodged a development application with the State Commission Assessment Panel.
If approved, the project is expected to begin construction in late 2021.
Opened in February 2010, the Clements Gap Wind Farm was Pacific Hydro’s first project in South Australia.
Pacific Hydro has a strong track record of delivering lasting benefits in the local area through the Clements Gap Wind Farm Sustainable Communities Fund, which has contributed $385,000 to 107 projects.
Involving key stakeholders and communities in development activities from the beginning is as important to Pacific Hydro’s success as technical and financial factors.
The restrictions in place due to Covid-19 prevented us from engaging in person during 2020.
To provide the community with information and an opportunity to raise any concerns, we developed a purpose-built engagement portal at pacifichydro.engagementhub.com.au/clements-gap-battery.
Newsletters were delivered by mail to about 900 homes and businesses within 20km of the Clements Gap Wind Farm to raise awareness of the project, and an online information session was offered but did not proceed due to lack of interest. We engaged directly with neighbours by phone.
The project received coverage on ABC Port Pirie and in November and December 2020 we ran advertising in the Port Pirie Recorder, which reaches about 5,400 people in the area each week.