Renew Power Group, a private investor have began construction of a 4.9MW solar farm on the outskirts of Peterborough, in a hope to see the technology optimise the output of the energy when the state needs it most.
The interstate company partnered with a local Port Pirie company to find a suitable place to home the farm, and company CEO, Kevin Heydt says it is a fantastic opportunity for the state.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us and for South Australia, in that we are putting energy into the grid at a time when it is constrained.”
“By using state of the art technology to optimise the out put, we will get energy from the plant when it is most needed, not only in the middle of the day but more so in the mornings and the afternoons.”
At the peak of construction, the site has provided 40 employment opportunities for locals and others from around the state, yet when it is completed as the largest solar farm in the state at the end of March, it will require fewer staff onsite.
The Mayor of the District Council of Peterborough, Ruth Whittle OAM JP is excited that the project has provided several locals the opportunity to be employed.
“It is good in the fact that for the workers, they are actually living in Peterborough and some people from Peterborough have actually managed to get some positions.”
The construction has also seen an input into the local economy with the wages earned, being spent in the town.
“Some of the wages are being spent here renting properties and staying at BnBs and some of that is being put back into the local economy, so it has been a big win all around”, Mayor Whittle said.
Both Mayor Whittle and Kevin Heydt agreed that the construction of the site demonstrates that Peterborough is embracing the change of renewable energy.
“As you drive into town, it is the first thing you will see, so it shows that they are embracing a new economy”, Mr Heydt said.
Mayor Whittle said that council were very happy to have something new in Peterborough for tourists and locals.
“It is going ahead as anyone can see, it is good for us from an aesthetic point of view, people can see that things are happening.”