A new wind farm in the apple isle
Epuron's first Tasmanian wind farm proposal marks its expansion into the Apple Isle. Tasmania is an exceptionally windy state, and this site is an exceptionally windy location in the state. With few nearby residences, the project has potential for the highest energy yield per turbine in Australia.
The Western Plains Wind Farm will include around 11 wind turbines on the "Western Plains" property north-west of Stanley. Epuron has been measuring wind speeds on the property for many years and the high wind speeds, together with very low turbulence, provide an excellent resource for wind farm development.
The project will connect to the existing Port Latta substation via a new 22 or 33 kilovolt powerline primarily located within the existing road easement. The power generated would then supply the energy consumption in Tasmania, allowing hydro power generators to ramp down and save water during windy periods. This will support Tasmania becoming the 'battery of the nation' due to its ability to easily store hydro power for times when it is most needed.
The Western Plains property is located some distance from Stanley, meaning the visual impact from the seaside town will be minimal. The property is currently cleared and used for cattle grazing, and the lack of nearby neighbours means no noise impacts are expected. Epuron is currently assessing the potential for impacts to birds and so far these studies are looking very positive.
Epuron aims to submit its planning application in the first half of 2018. Subject to a timely approval, this could allow construction and operation to commence as early as 2019.
Planning and grid connection studies are currently underway, with the specialist studies required for environmental impact assessments progressing. This includes detailed bird surveys as well as assessment of other impacts including noise, visual impacts and potential traffic assessments.
Where possible, Epuron has selected local Tasmanian consultants to carry out the work, aiming to maximise local benefits from the project. If you are interested in supplying services to the project, please contact Epuron.
Epuron has commenced engaging with the local communtiy and plans to hold a community open day in early 2018 to seek input to the planning and development process. For further updates, feel free to sign up to our mailing list below.