With towering ridgelines and powerful winds, the central west region of NSW is an excellent location for wind energy generation.
The site proposed for Burrendong Wind Farm, east of Lake Burrendong and south-east of Wellington, is in the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone, an area identified as optimal for new projects to help NSW achieve its renewable energy targets.
The project area is currently used for grazing, a complementary land use, has a strong wind resource, is close to high voltage transmission lines and has good road access with few neighbouring properties.
The proposal involves up to 105 wind turbines with an estimated generating capacity of up to 650 megawatts. The final design will be guided by the interests of landowners in the area and results of the environmental impact assessment.
Assessment work is underway and Epuron is working with local landowners and other stakeholders in preparation for a development application.
Planning Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) issued for the project and other planning documentation is available on the project's page in the NSW Major Projects portal.
The project has also been determined a 'controlled action' by the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and will be assessed under DAWE's bilateral agreement with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
Epuron welcomes questions and input from members of the community and other interested parties.
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