Whyte Yarcowie Wind Farm

Wind Prospect is undertaking environmental studies for the development of a wind farm with up to 85 wind turbines near Whyte Yarcowie, within the Regional Council of Goyder local government area. The site is east, southeast and south of of Whyte Yarcowie, north of Hallett and south of Terowie. The proposed project will be known as the Whyte Yarcowie Wind Farm.

The project site has been chosen due to its high wind resource and location near existing transmission infrastructure.

Wind Prospect has been undertaking wind monitoring at the site since 2012. In November 2022, two 130m tall temporary monitoring masts were installed on the project site. The wind data received from the masts is being used to inform the development of the project design

The design, construction, operation and eventual decommissioning activities can then undergo various environmental and social impact assessments to inform the development application for the wind farm.


Number of turbines:
Up to 85

Turbine height: 
Up to 250 m

Proposal location: 
South-east of Whyte Yarcowie

Site size: 
9,944 hectares

Local government: 
Regional Council of Goyder

Project status: 
Feasibility stage

Construction period: 
Two to three years

Introducing EDF Renewables

Wind Prospect is pleased to introduce EDF Renewables Australia (EDF-R) as our supporting partner in the delivery of the Whyte Yarcowie Wind Farm. EDF-R is the Australian arm of one of the world’s largest power companies, and one of the largest renewable energy producers.

EDF-R has an interest in the project and is supporting Wind Prospect to progress the project to the next stages of development, with a view to acquiring the project.

EDF-R works across the entire lifecycle of renewable energy infrastructure, from planning through to development, financing, construction and long-term operation and maintenance. They are committed to helping Australia meet its renewable energy goals and are looking forward to contributing to Wind Prospect’s good work engaging with the community using our shared principles of openness, inclusiveness, responsiveness and accountability.

The Whyte Yarcowie Wind Farm Project aligns with EDF-R’s global strategy of accelerating the transition to a carbon-neutral economy and should EDF-R acquire the project, it would be a significant addition to their Australian portfolio.

EDF-R are also developing their own projects across Australia, with project in Queensland and NSW.

More information about EDF Renewables Australia can be found via their site:

Current status

The project is in the preliminary stages of preparing a development application. The development application process requires an extensive series of technical, environmental, and social assessments and testing in order to determine the likelihood of any significant impacts. This will allow the project team to develop a design that avoids or mitigates these impacts where avoidance is not possible.

The initial concept design was released in late 2023, and can be found below. This design will be used to inform consultation activities and will focus the environmental and heritage assessments, enabling us to identify any sensitive locations in the project area and then undertake measures to avoid, and mitigate impacts where practicable.

Proposed project site

The proposed project area is located east of the Barrier Highway, north of Hallett and south of Terowie.

Project stages

Developing a wind farm is a long, complicated, and time-consuming process. It takes several years and a lot of work to understand the potential social, economic and environmental impacts and benefits of a proposed project. This work is guided by a rigorous approvals process and considerable amounts of consultation.

Wind Prospect is currently in the preparation and planning phases of the approvals process and will continue to engage closely with the local community.

  • Initial planning and environment studies are undertaken and the new monitoring masts are installed. The proposed wind farm design is optimised.
  • Community engagement commences.
  • Submission of State and Commonwealth referral forms to determine the suitable planning pathway and application process.
  • Lodgement of certification from the Office of the Technical Regulator (OTR) to demonstrate that the project will contribute to the stability and security of the state’s energy grid.
  • Preparation and lodgement of the wind farm development application. Including referral of the project to relevant state agencies, public notification process and decision by the relevant authority.
  • Community engagement continues.
  • Obtain pre-construction approvals, complete detailed design and finalise project financing.
  • Community engagement continues.
  • Civil and electrical works, followed by installation and commissioning of wind turbines.
  • Community engagement continues.
  • Infrastructure removed and land returned to previous state. Community engagement will continue.

Why here?

In addition to a strong wind resource, an ideal wind farm site is close to transmission infrastructure and in a location where potential impacts to areas of ecological, landscape or heritage sensitivity can be either avoided or minimised and managed. It is also important that the site is appropriately zoned, has a relatively low density of dwellings in the area, and contains an open and unobstructed landscape with good road access. The assessments undertaken to date indicate that the Whyte Yarcowie area meets these criteria. Located close to supporting transmission infrastructure with an excellent wind resource, the proposed location is very well suited to a wind farm development.

Economic benefits

This project will conduct a local procurement program to ensure that significant project resources will be spent in the region, including wages, contracts and other services. There will also be benefits to local and regional businesses and service providers, including the hospitality and accommodation sectors, through the provision of services to the construction workforce.

Economic stimulus in the region will be distributed via financial returns to the host landowners, neighbour benefit program payments and local wages.

Environmental benefits

The project will contribute significantly to the transition of the electricity grid away from fossil fuels, reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses produced by our electricity sector. The project will contribute to the South Australian Government’s Climate Change Action Plan and renewable energy target of net zero emissions by 2050. The renewable energy produced by the project will also contribute to the Regional Council of Goyder’s vision and aspiration for renewable projects in the area.

Community benefits

Wind Prospect are seeking your input on the project’s benefit sharing program and will use this feedback to develop the details for each benefit sharing initiative.