• $309.4 million

Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve will open to the public for recreational access in December 2021 – offering more green open space for surrounding residents and visitors to the area.

With views across the water to the Adelaide Hills, the reserve will offer 20 kilometres of walking trails, a grassy picnic area with shelters and BBQs, and easy access to the water for fishing. You’ll be able to launch your kayak or canoe and discover hidden bays and shorelines from the water.

The reserve is also home to the world’s largest fully moveable solar array as part of a renewable energy initiative by SA Water to reduce its operating expenses and deliver significant environmental benefits to South Australia.

SA Water’s Zero Cost Energy Future Program has seen more than 30,000 unique pre-wired and fabricated solar panels installed at the reserve, that can produce enough energy generation to cater for almost double the electricity requirements for the nearby Happy Valley Water Treatment Plant.

The world first program demonstrates how water utilities can capitalise on their unique position within the market to help our transition to a lower carbon economy.

Key highlights include:

  • 20 kilometres of trails
  • land and water-based activities including cycling and kayaking
  • BBQ and picnicking facilities
  • 360,000-plus solar photovoltaic panels
  • 34 megawatt hours of battery storage
  • 33 SA Water sites
  • 89,000 tonne carbon emissions reduction annually.

Zero Cost Energy Future

Builder: Enerven

Contact details: www.enerven.com.au

Recreational access

Builder: Team Civil

Contact details: www.teamcivil.com.au

Project start:
Expected completion:
End of 2021
Current status:
Panel construction complete