The Mid North will receive an employment boost after it was announced this week that electrical engineering company Consolidated Power Projects had committed to employ locals for the construction of the Tesla battery.
Up to 50 South Australian workers will be employed throughout construction of the battery at Jamestown, a number of which will be from the region.
Northern Areas Council Mayor Denis Clark said the decision to employ locals would not only benefit the Jamestown region but also the surrounding areas.
“From a Northern Areas point of view, it is going to be very, very good,” he said.
“It is not just going to be the Northern Areas Council, it is also going to be the whole region because if they are going to employ that many people I would expect it will involve more than just (those within) our council.”
Mr Clark also said he would like to see locals employed to maintain the battery once the installation was finalised.
“It has been shown from the wind farms that there is quite a few local people employed in the continuing maintenance,” he said.
“I cannot see why the battery will be any different.”
Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said that awarding a South Australian company with the contract further extended the benefits for the state.
“This project will position South Australia at the forefront of battery storage technology and it’s great that leading local company, Consolidated Power Projects, will be a key part of that journey,” Mr Koutsantonis said.
“In addition to the obvious benefits this project will have for the South Australian power grid, it will also support 50 South Australian jobs, including several in the Mid North region.”
CPP are no strangers to Jamestown, having previously helped to build the nearby Hornsdale wind farm.
“CPP’s experience in helping to build Hornsdale 1, 2, and 3 will be invaluable in this project’s success,” president Charles Wright said.
Tesla co-founder and chief executive officer Elon Musk had previously said the tech company would have the battery ready in 100 days from the signing of the grid interconnection agreement – or it would be free. The battery is on track to be operational by December 1.