Port Augusta solar and wind energy park approved

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Plans to build a major 375MW hybrid wind and solar plant near Port Augusta in South Australia have won approval from the state government.

Project developer DP Energy said in a statement released on August 5 that the green light meant it could now deliver one of the “largest and most significant” hybrid renewables projects in the Southern Hemisphere, including 59 wind turbines and almost 400 hectares of solar PV arrays. The area is renowned for its rich solar and wind resources.

The $680 million project is expected to create 250 jobs over the course of its development, peaking at around 600 jobs, with about 15-20 ongoing jobs.

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