EBR Staff Writer Published 04 April 2018
Australian renewable energy firm Epuron has secured planning consent from the New South Wales (NSW) Government for the proposed 1GW Liverpool Range wind farm in the Upper Hunter region.
Planned to be built between Coolah and Cassilis around 100km north east of Mudgee, the $643m wind project is expected to a major part of the electricity transition in NSW as older coal-fired power stations are decommissioned.
The Liverpool Range wind farm will feature up to 267 wind turbines and will be grid connected into the Wellington Wollar 330kV power network 30km south of the site.
Epuron’s wind project, which is expected to take three years to complete, will benefit the local economy by injecting up to $250m and creating 800 new jobs.
Epuron executive director Martin Poole said “After almost 15 years working on wind and solar projects around Australia, Epuron continues to be committed to the clean, new energy system that Australians, and importantly our children, expect and demand.”
Expected to generate clean electricity required to meet the power needs of around 380,000 homes, the Liverpool Range wind farm will provide local community benefits via a Community Enhancement Fund of up to $800,000 per annum.
Additionally, the project is expected to save the equivalent of over 6,000 Olympic sized swimming pools of water annually as well as save up to 2.4 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
NSW Planning and Housing Minister Anthony Roberts said: “This $643m wind farm will generate almost one gigawatt of power, enough to power nearly 500,000 homes, and supports NSW’s Renewable Energy Action Plan of reducing greenhouse gases.
“It will also offer community funding contributions of up to $800,000 a year through a voluntary planning agreement with Warrumbungle and Upper Hunter Shire Councils.”
Image: The new wind farm in New South Wales will generate 1GW power. Photo: courtesy NSW Department of Planning & Environment.