Wind Power In South Australia
Wind power has become a significant energy source within South Australia over the past decade. As of October 2011, there is an installed capacity of 1,205 MW, which accounts for 21 per cent of electricity production in the state. This represents around half of the nation's installed wind power capacity. The rapid growth of wind power in South Australia has enabled the State to achieve its target of sourcing 20% of electricity from renewable energy sources three years ahead of schedule.
The development of wind power capacity in South Australia has been encouraged by a number of factors. These include the Australian Government's Mandatory Renewable Energy Target, which require electricity retailers to source a proportion of energy from renewable sources, incentives from the South Australian Government including a supportive regulatory regime and a payroll tax rebate scheme for large scale renewable energy developments, and the presence of highly suitable sites for wind farms due to the State's proximity to the Roaring forties.
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