Communities must be actively involved in the process of developing wind farms, the Clean Energy Council says.
Chief executive Kane Thornton says the council hopes to promote better working relationships between developers and local communities across South Australia, which has more wind power than any other state.
“Local people need to have effective opportunities to comment, meaningful engagement with the companies proposing the developments and be part of the journey,” Mr Thornton said on Thursday.
To help, the council has launched two guides to encourage better community consultation in areas where wind farms are proposed.
They will help local residents understand what to expect.
SA Planning Minister John Rau said genuine community engagement is important to the development of wind farm projects.
“Delivering a cleaner and more diverse energy supply requires genuine consultation with local communities in those areas across the state where our energy resources are located,” he said.
The council says a recent survey showed most people support wind energy, including many who live in areas where wind farms already exist or are proposed.
It says for every 15 to 20 turbines installed, a host farm can expect to receive $250,000 a year.