List of wind farms in New South Wales

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The wind resource potential in NSW is very good, yet this potential has remained largely untapped. The NSW Wind Atlas[1] shows that many of the sites with good potential for wind farms are situated on the western side of the Great Dividing Range. While the wind is also strong in coastal areas, wind farms are unlikely to be built there due to existing residential development and national park areas. NSW also has an extensive electricity transmission network, providing relatively good power grid access for new wind farms.

As of March 2015, there was 625 MW of wind power installed in NSW.[2] As of September 2018, there was 842 MW of wind power installed in NSW, and a further 583 MW in construction from three projects, the Sapphire Wind Farm, the Silverton Wind Farm and the Bodangora Wind Farm.

To measure public attitudes to wind farms, the NSW government surveyed 2000 people and 300 businesses in rural NSW in late 2010. About 80 per cent of respondents said they would strongly support wind farms in their region.[3] Support dropped off somewhat if a wind farm was proposed closer to a person's house but 60 per cent still supported wind turbines within two kilometres of their house. About 13 per cent of people surveyed, many aged over 65, said they did not support wind power.[3]

Wind farms in New South Wales[edit]

Hampton Wind Farm

A list of operating and planned wind farms in New South Wales is below.

Project name Sponsoring company Coordinates Turbines Capacity (MW) Status Completion Date Notes
Bango Wind Prospect CWP 280 Feasibility
Black Springs Wind Corporation 33°50′28″S 149°42′36″E / 33.841°S 149.71°E / -33.841; 149.71 40 Cancelled
Blayney Wind Farm [4] Eraring Energy 33°37′19″S 149°11′54″E / 33.62194°S 149.19833°E / -33.62194; 149.19833 15 9.9 Operating
Boco Rock Wind Farm [5] Wind Prospect CWP 36°34′37″S 149°07′26″E / 36.577°S 149.124°E / -36.577; 149.124 67 113 Operating
Capital Wind Farm [6] Infigen Energy 35°08′45″S 149°34′02″E / 35.1458°S 149.5671°E / -35.1458; 149.5671 67 140.7 Operating [7]
Collector Wind Farm Ratch Australia 34°51′S 149°23′E / 34.85°S 149.39°E / -34.85; 149.39 55 228 Planning Approved
Conroys Gap Wind Farm Epuron 34°07′41″S 149°46′05″E / 34.128°S 149.768°E / -34.128; 149.768 30 Planning approved
Cooma Pacific Hydro 36°14′24″S 149°07′30″E / 36.24°S 149.125°E / -36.24; 149.125 100 Feasibility
Crookwell Wind Farm [8] Eraring Energy 34°27′25″S 149°28′19″E / 34.457°S 149.472°E / -34.457; 149.472 8 4.8 Operating
Crookwell 2 Wind Farm [9] Unión Fenosa Wind Australia 34°32′28″S 149°34′12″E / 34.541°S 149.570°E / -34.541; 149.570 46 92 Planning approved
Crudine Ridge Wind Prospect CWP 135 Planning approved
Cullerin Range Wind Farm [10] Epuron (owned by EDL) 34°48′50″S 149°23′46″E / 34.814°S 149.396°E / -34.814; 149.396 15 30 Operating Developed by Epuron, Built by Origin, sold to EDL
Gullen Range Wind Farm [11] Goldwind / JNCEC 34°36′52.04″S 149°27′34.31″E / 34.6144556°S 149.4595306°E / -34.6144556; 149.4595306 73 165.5 Operating 2013
Gunning Wind Farm [12] Acciona 34°41′49″S 149°22′59″E / 34.697°S 149.383°E / -34.697; 149.383 31 46.5 Operating
Hampton Wind Park[13] Wind Corporation Australia 33°38′20″S 150°02′58″E / 33.6388°S 150.0494°E / -33.6388; 150.0494 2 1.32 Operating
Kooragang, Newcastle EnergyAustralia 32°52′38.94″S 151°44′54.95″E / 32.8774833°S 151.7485972°E / -32.8774833; 151.7485972 0.6 Decommissioned
Liverpool Range Epuron 31°52′59″S 149°52′16″E / 31.883°S 149.871°E / -31.883; 149.871 267 1000 Planning approved Largest proposed wind farm in Australia.
Lord Howe Island 31°33′S 159°05′E / 31.55°S 159.08°E / -31.55; 159.08 0.3 Feasibility
Molonglo Acciona Energy 35°13′55″S 149°26′46″E / 35.2319°S 149.446°E / -35.2319; 149.446 120 Cancelled
Mt Spring ActewAGL 33°23′53″S 149°09′07″E / 33.398°S 149.152°E / -33.398; 149.152 10 Cancelled
Paling Yards Unión Fenosa Wind Australia 35°08′38″S 149°01′19″E / 35.144°S 149.022°E / -35.144; 149.022 90 Feasibility
Rock Flat Creek Pacific Hydro 36°09′29″S 149°12′36″E / 36.158°S 149.21°E / -36.158; 149.21 100 Feasibility
Rye Park Wind Farm Epuron 34°34′S 148°58′E / 34.57°S 148.96°E / -34.57; 148.96 92 276 Planning approved Sold to Tilt Renewables. Original total of turbines reduced from 126 to 109.[14] 92 turbines have been approved.
Sapphire Wind Farm[15] CWP Renewables 29°45′S 151°29′E / 29.75°S 151.49°E / -29.75; 151.49 75 270 Operating Completed as of 31 October 2018. [16]
Silverton Wind Farm Epuron 31°58′S 141°28′E / 31.97°S 141.46°E / -31.97; 141.46 58 200 Under construction
Snowy Plains Wind Farm (Berridale) Epuron 36°09′14″S 148°33′54″E / 36.154°S 148.565°E / -36.154; 148.565 26 Cancelled[17]
Taralga Wind Farm CBD Energy/Banco Santander 34°25′37″S 149°51′28″E / 34.427076°S 149.857640°E / -34.427076; 149.857640 51 107 Operating 2015
Uungula Wind Prospect CWP 32°30′50″S 149°16′23″E / 32.514°S 149.273°E / -32.514; 149.273 127 400 Feasibility 2020 [18]
White Rock Wind Farm Goldwind/ CECEP 29°47′S 151°32′E / 29.78°S 151.54°E / -29.78; 151.54 70 175 (Stage 1) Operating Approval for up to 119 WTGs. [19]
Woodlawn Wind Farm[20] Infigen Energy 35°05′02″S 149°37′12″E / 35.084°S 149.62°E / -35.084; 149.62 23 48.3 Operating
Coppabella Wind Farm Epuron 34°44′10″S 148°33′18″E / 34.736°S 148.555°E / -34.736; 148.555 75 284 Planning approved Sold to Goldwind.[21]
Bodangora Wind Farm[22] Infigen Energy 32°26′42″S 149°02′24″E / 32.445°S 149.04°E / -32.445; 149.04 33 113.2 Under construction 33 GE 3.4-130 Turbines[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  2. ^ AEMO Electriciry Registration List
  3. ^ a b Ben Cubby (25 March 2011). "Turbines take their turn". Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  5. ^ http://bocorockwindfarm.com.au/facts_figures
  6. ^ http://www.infigenenergy.com/our-business.html
  7. ^ "NSW Wind Farms". Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 September 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 March 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  10. ^ http://www.originenergy.com.au/593/Cullerin-Range-Wind-Farm
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 April 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  12. ^ http://www.acciona.com.au/business-divisions/energy/operational-projects/gunning-wind-farm
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  14. ^ [file:///C:/Users/Riley/Downloads/080518_Rye_Park_WF_A4_Fact_Sheet.pdf "Rye Park Wind Farm"] Check |url= value (help) (PDF). May 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Welcome | Online Community Consultation | Sapphire Wind Farm". sapphirewindfarm.com.au. Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  16. ^ "Construction Update – Sapphire". www.sapphirewindfarm.com.au. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  17. ^ "WindAction | Snowy Plains wind farm falls through". www.windaction.org. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  18. ^ "Planning and Approvals – Uungula Wind Farm". uungulawindfarm.com.au. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  19. ^ "White Rock Wind Farm switches on turbines" (PDF). 10 July 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  20. ^ http://www.infigenenergy.com/woodlawn.html
  21. ^ "MEDIA RELEASE: Sale of Yass Valley (Coppabella) to Goldwind". 1 February 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  22. ^ https://www.infigenenergy.com/bodangora/
  23. ^ "Bodangora - Infigen Energy". www.infigenenergy.com. Retrieved 2018-09-22.

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