State Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock toured the Hornsdale energy site near Jamestown on Wednesday, declaring it “impressive”.
Mr Brock said the existing wind farm, with 99 towers, was already attracting spectators, but the world’s biggest battery, when installed, would take tourism to a new level. He also looked at a substation and high-voltage transmission lines that extend to Mount Pleasant.
The state government outlined an agreement between Tesla and French renewable energy company Neoen to build the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery at Hornsdale to overcome power supply problems.
“They (the community) see opportunities for employment through maintenance jobs and tourism,” he said.
Northern Areas Council Mayor Denis Clark said the positives far outweighed the negatives for towns and communities regarding wind farms and renewable energy.
“We want to grab every opportunity that we can get,” he said.