Capital Wind Farm
|Capital Wind Farm|
|Location||30 km (19 mi) north east of Canberra|
|Construction began||Early 2008|
|Construction cost||A$370 million|
|Developer(s)||Renewable Power Ventures Pty Ltd|
|Hub height||80 metres|
|Rotor diameter||88 metres|
|Installed capacity||140.7 MW|
The Capital Wind Farm near Bungendore is the largest wind farm in New South Wales. It is part of the 6,000-hectare (15,000-acre) Capital Renewable Energy Precinct, along with nearby Woodlawn Wind Farm and the Woodlawn Bioreactor.
Capital Wind Farm was built by international contractors Suzlon Energy for owner and operator Infigen Energy. Construction began in early 2008, and the wind farm became fully operational in October 2009. It is a 140.7 megawatt wind farm with 67 turbines.
The Capital Wind Farm is around 30 kilometres (19 mi) north east of Canberra, just southeast of Lake George and north of Bungendore. It is located in open farming country, with minimal obstructions in the landscape and smooth topography.
The Capital Wind Farm was built for Infingen Energy by Suzlon Energy. It was constructed as part of the Kurnell Desalination Plant project to offset the power usage of the desalination plant.
|“||"The wind farm has been designed to produce more than enough energy to operate the desalination plant to cover the days when there is less wind. It will increase the supply of wind energy in NSW by over 700%. It is a massive boost to the renewable energy sector and an environmentally sensible way to offset the power needs of the desalination plant." ||”|
People and employment
During construction of the Capital Wind Farm, 120 people were employed on the project. Over the construction period, about A$10 million went into the local economy, with spending up at the local stores, restaurants and motels. Since construction has finished there are 10 ongoing jobs at the wind farm for service and maintenance.
Since the wind farm was established, the population of nearby Bungendore has increased by 24 per cent, perhaps because of its proximity to the wind farm. Some residents who live nearby to the Capital Wind Farm have complained about the noise from the turbines.
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