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 June 2017, there are 5 projects with a combined capacity of 849 MW are in various stages ranging from planning, approved and under construction.[3] 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.[4] 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.[4]

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 Capacity in MW Status 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 [5] Eraring Energy 33°37′19″S 149°11′54″E / 33.62194°S 149.19833°E / -33.62194; 149.19833 9.9 Operating
Boco Rock Wind Farm [6] Wind Prospect CWP 36°34′37″S 149°07′26″E / 36.577°S 149.124°E / -36.577; 149.124 113 Operating
Capital Wind Farm [7] Infigen Energy 35°08′45″S 149°34′02″E / 35.1458°S 149.5671°E / -35.1458; 149.5671 140.7 Operating
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 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 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 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 165.5 Operating
Gunning Wind Farm [12] Acciona 34°41′49″S 149°22′59″E / 34.697°S 149.383°E / -34.697; 149.383 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 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 960 Seeking approval
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 Planning approved Sold to Tilt Renewables
Sapphire Wind Farm[14] CWP Renewables 270 Under Construction completion mid 2018
Silverton Wind Farm Epuron 31°58′S 141°28′E / 31.97°S 141.46°E / -31.97; 141.46 1000 Planning approved
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 Planning approved
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 107 Operating
Uungula Wind Prospect CWP 32°30′50″S 149°16′23″E / 32.514°S 149.273°E / -32.514; 149.273 400 Feasibility
White Rock Wind Farm Goldwind/ CECEP 29°47′S 151°32′E / 29.78°S 151.54°E / -29.78; 151.54 175 (Stage 1) Under construction Approval for up to 119 WTGs
Woodlawn Wind Farm[15] Infigen Energy 35°05′02″S 149°37′12″E / 35.084°S 149.62°E / -35.084; 149.62 48.3 Operating
Yass Valley Wind Farm Epuron Planning Approved

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