Subject: FW: HEADS UP – closing date for Renewable Energy submissions Friday 28 Feb.

Subject: FW: HEADS UP – closing date for Renewable Energy submissions Friday 28 Feb.

Important reminder that consultation on the Renewable Energy Policy  closes this Friday 28 February 2020.

Suggested dot points and submission form attached.

Links to the Fact sheet,   infographic and 16 page discussion paper  appear below

Key changes are:

·         Wind farms are still envisaged pretty much everywhere in the Rural Zone and some places in the Peri-urban Zone

·         In light of increased turbine size from 125 m to 270+m ,  the proposed setback distance to rural dwellings will be 1.2 km instead of 1 km (irrespective of turbine height), whilst township dwelling setback will be 2 km for 150 m high turbines, plus 10 m for each metre  over 150m.

 ie 200m high turbine = 2.5 km setback.  250 m high turbine = 3km setback . 270 m turbine = 3.2 km setback.

·         The EPA’s assessment of  wind farm proposals  will be in the form of DIRECTION, instead of just “advice” and must be followed.

·         All wind farms will be publicly notified

·         Wind farms in areas where  siting is designated as “Restricted”  will trigger 3rd party appeal rights.

·         Wind farms in areas where siting is designated as Performance Assessed will  have trigger appeal rights.


Otherwise it doesn’t look much different than the current state of play. Environmental assets aren’t offered any greater protections.

Feedback can be emailed to

Or there is an online form:


Renewable energy policies

OPEN: Renewable Energy Policies

Consultation closes 28 February 2020

Our new State Planning Policies for South Australia emphasise the key role of planning in the establishment of energy infrastructure and the need to provide policies that allow for creative and innovative responses to energy demand and supply, while addressing potential impacts on communities and the environment.

Renewable technologies provide sources of energy that have much lower environmental impacts than conventional energy technologies. They play a crucial role in reducing global carbon emissions and the impacts of climate change, as well as helping to provide long-term energy security by lowering our reliance on non-renewables such as coal and gas.

Today, wind, solar and pumped-hydro are firmly established as the three main pillars of renewable energy supply.

South Australia is widely regarded as a national leader in the renewable energy sector, largely due to our enabling planning policy environment and natural conditions and landscape. In 2018, renewable energy generation from wind and solar sources reached 51.2% of total electricity generation. Previously, the Australian Energy Market Operator projected South Australia’s renewable power could account for 73% of the state’s total power consumption by 2020/21.

Existing planning policies now need to be updated to keep pace with new and more efficient energy infrastructure. The introduction of the Code provides the opportunity to update and improve upon our successful policies to reflect new forms of energy generation, storage and distribution and provide improved guidance regarding the intensity, location and impacts of these developments.

Formal public consultation on the draft Code, including the Commission’s proposed renewable energy policies, is now open until 28 February 2020. Informal feedback on the discussion paper can be provided ahead of the public consultation period to


Further information

FACT SHEET DOWNLOAD HERE……..  Renewable Energy (PDF, 240 KB)

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