The windy central west
With ridgelines towering behind Lake Burrendong, and powerful winds a regular feature, the central west provides an excellent location for a large scale wind farm. Epuron plans to engage with both private and public landowners to develop a new large scale wind farm in the Central West Renewable Energy Zone.
Epuron is exploring an area east of Lake Burrendong that we believe has a good chance of being suitable for a wind farm. The location has been chosen because there is a strong wind resource, high voltage transmission lines and good road access with few neighbouring properties.
The project could involve up to 100 wind turbines, with the final size to be guided by the interests of landowners in the area as well as the results of our environmental impact assessment.
Each wind turbine will require an access track and turbine lay-down area for construction, and will be connected by a combination of underground and overhead powerlines to a new on-site substation.
The project will connect via this new substation to the Mt Piper - Wellington 330,000 volt powerlines to the west of the site.
Epuron has commenced wind monitoring on the site, with wind monitoring equipment on both WaterNSW and private land. Early results are promising, and as a result Epuron is beginning to prepare its initial wind farm concept, as well as expanding its consultation relating to the site.
In parallel, Epuron has engaged with WaterNSW in relation to the use of their land for both wind turbines and powerline infrastructure. Approximately half of the wind turbine locations anticipated for the site would be located on WaterNSW land, with the remaining turbines on private land.
Epuron is also in the process of preparing and submitting its Scoping Report for the purpose of determining the planning assessment requirements of the project. Submission of this report also triggers the expansion of the ongoing community consultation.
Consultation has commenced with involved property owners, neighbours, and local and state government authorities. However, we are keen to engage with the community widely to understand the benefits and impacts seen by the community, and where possible to shape the project to provide the greatest benefit.
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