Starfish Hill Wind farm
The Starfish Hill wind farm was the first wind farm to be established in South Australia.
Constructed in 2003 at a cost of $65m it consists of 23 turbines
across two clusters between Delamere and Cape Jervis.
They have a combined generating capacity of 34.5 megawatts of electricity
to meet the needs of approximately 18,000 households.
Each turbine consists of a 68 metre tower. At the top of this sits the nacelle
which houses a gearbox that transfers the wind
from the 32 metre blades to electricity via a generator.
Starfish Hill wind farm tower
Some fast facts:
minimum wind speed required: 4-5 metres per second (16kph)
optimal wind speed: 15 metres per second (56 kph)
the turbines are shut down when winds reach gale force speeds (90 kph)
the blades rotate at between 11 and 17 revolutions per minute
The gearboxes were recently overhauled in situ to improve efficiency from 76% to 97%.
The estimated CO2 savings are put at 84,000 tons per annum.
Over the 25 year life of the farm this equates to 2.1 million tons.
You can gain a closer look and appreciation of the immense size
of these turbines by taking a drive down Yoho Road at Delamere
which is a short 10 minute drive from Deep Creek Conservation Park.
Kaye Maslin and business partner ‘Jay Jay’ of the Delamere General Store
Small communities in rural areas are often described as ‘close knit’ by the media.
Perhaps this stems from the high levels of participation in volunteer organizations and
sporting clubs through which ties and friendships are formed.
Perhaps there is a greater need to work together in order to achieve common goals.
Whatever the reason, from time to time we would like to bring you a profile
of a local identity to give you a flavour of the South West Fleurieu community.
In this edition we have a chat with Kaye Maslin, owner of the Delamere General Store
(aka the Mayor of Delamere). Follow the link below for a brief video clip:
Interview with Kaye Maslin, Delamere General Store