Gunning Wind Farm
The Gunning Wind Farm comprises an electrical substation and operation and maintenance facilities plus 31 turbines which send power to the substation via 17km of underground cabling. A 14km-long 132kV transmission line was constructed to connect the wind farm to the 132kV Yass-Goulburn transmission line. Turbines generate electricity at 12kV which travels via underground cables to the substation where it is stepped up to 132kV to match the grid voltage. Construction began in April 2010 and created about 100 jobs, bringing significant economic activity to the Gunning region. The wind farm was completed in May 2011. A great deal of work was done prior to development of the wind farm. Technical studies identified constraints and the best design, with independent consultants engaged to report on:
- flora and fauna
- cultural heritage
- traffic and transport
- geology and hydrology
- landscape and visual amenity
The wind farm is capable of producing 46.5MW of clean, renewable energy a year. Each of the 1.5MW turbines at the Gunning Wind Farm can provide sufficient renewable energy to power approximately 750 homes and save more than 5,250 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year. The 31 turbines can power 23,250 homes and save more than 162,750 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year.
ACCIONA Energy  has established a Community Benefit Fund to deliver tangible benefits to the local community. This initiative will run for the life of the project (25 years). The Fund support services, events and projects which directly and indirectly benefit the community in the vicinity. ACCIONA Energy also provides sponsorship support to local groups and events.