MEDIA RELEASE: Liverpool Range Wind Farm achieves planning consent
The NSW Minister for Planning has today announced approval for the Liverpool Range Wind Farm, Australia’s largest wind farm at over 1,000 megawatts (MW).
Liverpool Range Wind Farm will be a major part of the electricity transition in NSW as older coal-fired power stations are retired. It will materially reduce the State’s greenhouse gas emissions as well as save millions of litres of water currently used in coal-fired power stations.
This will help keep NSW energy costs low and the lights on.
The Liverpool Range Wind Farm, located between Coolah and Cassilis around 100km north east of Mudgee, will consist of up to 267 wind turbines. The wind farm will make use of an excellent wind resource and has a strong grid connection into the Wellington Wollar 330kV power network 30km south of the site.
The wind farm will provide direct benefits to the communities of Coolah and Cassilis through increased employment, investment, economic benefits and a significant Community Enhancement Fund.
Martin Poole, Executive Director, said “Epuron thanks the community for coming on board with this wind farm. We particularly thank the Community Consultative Committee, involved landowners, neighbours, local businesses and other community members, and both Warrumbungle and Upper Hunter Shire Councils, with whom we have worked over the years to progress the project to this point."
"After almost 15 years working on wind and solar projects around Australia, Epuron continues to be committed to the clean, new energy system that Australians, and importantly our children, expect and demand” said Mr Poole.
The Liverpool Range Wind Farm could power around 380,000 homes, generating clean electricity, and will:
- bring jobs and opportunity with the injection of up to $250 million into the local economy;
- provide local community benefits via a Community Enhancement Fund of up to $800,000 per annum (based on $3,000 per wind turbine built);
- save the equivalent of over 6,000 Olympic sized swimming pools of water per annum which would otherwise be used by coal generation;
- save up to 2.4 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year and over 47 million tonnes over the life of the project.
Epuron looks forward to the Liverpool Range Wind Farm progressing to construction to capture the full benefits it will bring to the Coolah-Cassilis region.