Preliminary testing for wind and solar resources at Petratherm’s proposed $1.5 billion Clean Energy Precinct in northern South Australia has revealed excellent results.

Located 50 kilometres north of the Paralana geothermal project in the far north of South Australia, the Clean Energy Precinct comprises 1,890 square kilometres of land from which Petratherm aims to deliver 600 megawatts of power to the electricity market as early as mid-2016.

The Precinct will initially focus on gas and wind power generation before expanding to solar and geothermal.

The preliminary testing, undertaken by Garrad Hassan Pacific, shows wind speeds of up to 8 metres per second at 100 metres height which has the potential to power a 300 megawatt wind farm plus a world-class solar resource estimated at 20 megajoules per square metre daily.