Existing Installations

A number of successful renewable energy projects exist across the state, some of the major projects are listed below.

Useful resource documents on generation projects under construction, and in the advanced or publicly announced stages in South Australia include:

For more information and maps on renewable resources in the State, please visit renewable energy resources in South Australia

Wind

South Australia currently hosts 35% of the nation’s installed wind capacity. There is a total of 1,473 MW in installed capacity of wind, comprised of the following projects:

Solar

South Australia was the first jurisdiction to introduce solar feed-in legislation in Australia. Since 1 July 2008, the scheme has provided a financial incentive to households and small energy consumers for excess electricity they put back into the electricity grid. The scheme closed on 30 September 2013.

The Office of Renewable Energy Regulator lists solar power installations eligible to create renewable energy certificates under the Commonwealth Government’s Renewable Energy Target scheme.

Geothermal

Geothermal generation in SA is attracting significant interest and could contribute significantly to the state’s energy requirements in the future.

Wave

South Australia’s coastline is endowed with significant wave energy resources. Three companies have based their wave projects in South Australia. One of these is site testing along the Limestone Coast with a view to build a 50 MW wave power station. Another company is developing a 1 MW wave demonstrator in the same coastal area utilising Australian designed oscillating water column, turbine and conversion components. A third company has constructed a wave energy converter pilot and completed testing of the facility.

It is recognised that each renewable energy source brings its own particular requirements to the regulatory processes. The framework for wave energy is at a particularly early stage of its development.

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