The Waterfall Way rises from the coast at Coffs Harbour to the top of the Great Dividing Range at Armidale, passing rainforest, river valleys and waterfalls along the way. It may soon have a new attraction in the form of the Doughboy Wind Farm, benefiting from the strong winds which pass over the ranges.
Epuron is exploring an area east of Armidale that we believe has a good chance of being suitable for a wind farm. This is because:
- there is a good wind resource – we are currently conducting wind monitoring to confirm this and to identify the most prospective locations
- the area has existing high voltage (132kV and 330kV) transmission lines suitable for connection
- there is good access from the Waterfall Way
- a wind farm would complement the existing land use (grazing) on the site
For the past 18 months, we have monitored wind in the area with positive results. We are now ready to move to the next step of preparing a concept plan for a wind farm and an environmental impact statement.