The Ceres Project was initiated by two Yorke Peninsula farmers, who recognised the opportunities of their local area’s wind resource. With the support of a group of South Australian developers they sought a partnership with a wind energy company to realise the project's social, economic and environmental benefits. The project partnership is now with Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines.
An extensive assessment of the Yorke Peninsula region and its suitability as a site for a wind farm operation was undertaken. This investigation took into consideration a range of factors including wind resource, sufficient quantity of land, connection options, logistics, environmental constraints and the capability of the community to support the project.
The assessment also took into account more than seven years of wind data collected and correlated across all four clusters, which showed the area to be highly suitable for wind farm development.
The cleared, freehold land is sparsely settled and farmed extensively. The location of the Ceres Project will enable wind to be captured from both sides of the Yorke Peninsula (south-westerly and northerly) and enjoy a mean average wind speed in excess of 8.0 m/second.