Environment

Detailed technical assessments, including flora and fauna, cultural heritage, noise, visual and transport have been undertaken in order to inform the preparation of the Development Application. An Environmental Management Plan (EMP) will be developed in consultation with local stakeholders, community groups, government agencies, and consultants to ensure that the Crystal Brook Energy Park is constructed and operated in an environmentally responsible manner.

Neoen will use our in-depth knowledge of developing renewable energy projects and local knowledge and understanding of local communities, individuals and government agencies to minimise the impact of the Crystal Brook Energy Park on the local environment.

More information about the ecological assessment, fire management and noise will be provided in the Library as it becomes available.

Global Warming

Human activity is resulting in the release of large amounts of greenhouse gases. Such gases trap the sun’s heat in our atmosphere and upset the delicate balance of the Earth’s climate. Small changes in the temperature of the atmosphere cause accelerated melting of the polar ice caps and rising ocean levels, changes in rainfall patterns, destruction of delicate ecosystems such as coral reefs and increased extreme events such as droughts, hurricanes and cyclones.

Electricity production is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. More than one third of Australia’s greenhouse emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels to produce electricity. At present, Australia has the second highest greenhouse gas emissions per unit of electricity produced in the world.

One way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to replace fossil fuels with a natural, renewable source of energy such as solar and wind. The South Australian Government has chosen to support renewable energy by investing in wind energy, bringing to the state new job opportunities as well as clean electricity. South Australia is a leader in the development of wind technology, with the state hosting more than 50% of the current installed wind capacity in Australia. The state also has an aggressive renewable energy target of 50% of its power to be sourced from renewable sources by 2025.

Environmental Benefits

The environmental benefits of the Crystal Brook Energy Park include:

Renewable electricity generated per year
The Crystal Brook Energy Park will generate approximately 750,000 Megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable electricity per year. The project will also assist in the reliability of the source of electricity which is enhanced by the proposed storage component of the project.

Greenhouse gas emissions avoided
The proposed Crystal Brook Energy Park will displace approximately 420,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions per year.

Average number of households
The proposed Crystal Brook Energy Park could supply enough power each year to service over 145,000 average South Australian households.

Number of cars taken off the road
A renewable energy project that displaces 420,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum is the equivalent of taking approximately 165,000  cars off the road each year.

Equivalent number of trees that would need to be planted
The 420,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions displaced by the Crystal Brook Energy Park each year would be equivalent to the amount of carbon that would be locked up by planting 3 million trees.

Benefiting Agriculture
The project will benefit agriculture in the region by proving a diversified revenue to farmers and creating flow-on effects for the broader community.