Silverton Wind Farm

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The Silverton Wind Farm is a proposed wind farm to be built in far western New South Wales by renewable energy group Conergy. The wind farm would involve the installation of nearly 600 wind turbines north-west of Broken Hill.[1][2] On 3 June 2009, the project was approved by the NSW state Government.[3]

The project was initially set to begin construction in the first half of 2010,[4] yet several issues caused delays. To begin, the transmission line needed to connect the fully developed wind farm would need to be as long as 300 km, and due to multiple connection options, as well as an expected large cost of the infrastructure, the decision of the final solution has been delayed.[5]

In 2012, the start-date for construction of the wind farm has been pushed back to 2014, after AGL Energy decided to give priority to building two solar photovoltaic plants which have received almost A$200m in government funding.[6]

The project's planning approval was set to expire on 24 May 2016, however AGL submitted a Modification Application on 25 February 2016 with the sole aim to extend the project's Planning Approval expiry to 2021. On 3 June 2016 that application was granted, giving AGL the option to optimise and build the project within their Powering Australian Renewables Fund.[7][8] The project secured a Power Purchase Agreement with EnergyAustralia for supply of 60% of its annual output until December 2030.[9]

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Coordinates: 31°45.760′S 141°18.403′E / 31.762667°S 141.306717°E / -31.762667; 141.306717