Developing the Ceres Project
The project was initiated by two local Yorke Peninsula farmers, who recognised the opportunities of their local area’s wind resource and now involves 35 local landowners. The site selection was influenced by a range of factors including wind resource, sufficient quantity of land, connection options and environmental constraints.
Senvion is aiming to develop the Ceres Project wind farm by minimising economic and environmental impacts for landowners and the local community and maximising the benefits for the State and local economy through the supply of commercial and competitive large-scale renewable energy. To achieve these goals, Senvion adopted the following three key project design commitments:
- The wind farm has been designed with setbacks of 1,300 metres from non-involved landowners and will be the lowest density wind farm in Australia, with 600 metre spacing between turbines. (The setbacks are greater than those required through the planning framework);
- No overhead power lines will be used throughout the wind farm and the direct connection to Adelaide -avoiding around 180 towers traversing over 100 kilometres and minimising the impact on a range of environmental matters and the use of agricultural aviation practices;
- Adopting a philosophy of ‘prudent avoidance’ on all planning issues and using the large area of land available from the 35 landowners involved, to seek avoidance of issues if practical before implementing mitigation measures.
The development of the Ceres Project was informed by comprehensive consultation with all relevant stakeholders and detailed environmental studies and specialist technical reports including:
- Terrestrial flora and fauna
- Cultural heritage - indigenous
- Landscape and visual impacts assessment
- Traffic and transport
- Shadow flicker
- Electromagnetic interference
- Surface and groundwater
- Greenhouse gas
- Fire management
- Geotechnical engineering
- Coastal processes
- Marine habitat survey
The studies assessed the potential impacts associated with the construction and operation of the project and identified a range of mitigation measures to manage any identified impacts.
The results of these studies, together with the information gathered from the community and government, were used to design the proposed wind farm and the associated infrastructure.