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 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. As of June 2017, there are 5 projects with a combined capacity of 849 MW are in various stages ranging from planning, approved and under construction. Australia's largest proposed wind farm, the Silverton Wind Farm, to be established in the Far West of NSW, is still in its planning and approval stages.
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. 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.
Wind farms in New South Wales
A list of operating and planned wind farms in New South Wales is below.
|Project name||Sponsoring company||Coordinates||Capacity in MW||Status||Notes|
|Bango||Wind Prospect CWP||280||Feasibility|
|Black Springs||Wind Corporation||40||Cancelled|
|Blayney Wind Farm ||Eraring Energy||9.9||Operating|
|Boco Rock Wind Farm ||Wind Prospect CWP||113||Operating|
|Capital Wind Farm ||Infigen Energy||140.7||Operating|
|Conroys Gap Wind Farm||Epuron||30||Planning approved|
|Crookwell Wind Farm ||Eraring Energy||4.8||Operating|
|Crookwell 2 Wind Farm ||Unión Fenosa Wind Australia||92||Planning approved|
|Crudine Ridge||Wind Prospect CWP||135||Planning approved|
|Cullerin Range Wind Farm ||Epuron (owned by EDL)||30||Operating||Developed by Epuron, Built by Origin, sold to EDL|
|Gullen Range Wind Farm ||Goldwind / JNCEC||165.5||Operating|
|Gunning Wind Farm ||Acciona||46.5||Operating|
|Hampton Wind Park||Wind Corporation Australia||1.32||Operating|
|Liverpool Range||Epuron||960||Seeking approval|
|Lord Howe Island||0.3||Feasibility|
|Paling Yards||Unión Fenosa Wind Australia||90||Feasibility|
|Rock Flat Creek||Pacific Hydro||100||Feasibility|
|Rye Park Wind Farm||Epuron||Planning approved||Sold to Tilt Renewables|
|Sapphire Wind Farm||CWP Renewables||270||Under Construction completion mid 2018|
|Silverton Wind Farm||Epuron||1000||Planning approved|
|Snowy Plains Wind Farm (Berridale)||Epuron||26||Planning approved|
|Taralga Wind Farm||CBD Energy/Banco Santander||107||Operating|
|Uungula||Wind Prospect CWP||400||Feasibility|
|White Rock Wind Farm||Goldwind/ CECEP||175 (Stage 1)||Under construction||Approval for up to 119 WTGs|
|Woodlawn Wind Farm||Infigen Energy||48.3||Operating|
|Yass Valley Wind Farm||Epuron||Planning Approved|
- AEMO Electriciry Registration List
- "Wind Farms in New South Wales in stages from planning to under construction"
- Ben Cubby (25 March 2011). "Turbines take their turn". Sydney Morning Herald.
- "Welcome | Online Community Consultation | Sapphire Wind Farm". sapphirewindfarm.com.au. Retrieved 2016-06-30.