Gullen Range Wind Farm
The proposed Gullen Range Wind Farm (GRWF) is located approximately 20km West of Goulburn, NSW. Seventy-three (73) wind turbines were given planning approval in August 2010 and will be constructed.
The site is broadly broken into two sections with the Kialla and Bannister sections to the north and the Pomeroy and Gurrundah sections to the south. Situated on the Great Dividing Range on a generally north-south oriented ridgeline, the distance from the northernmost proposed turbine location in the Kialla region, to the southernmost location in the Gurrundah region is 22km. The turbines are strategically located on elevated ground or on ridges for the best wind exposure.
The NSW State Government issued planning permits for the wind farm in August 2010 with a period of 5 years before it will lapse. The project was declared a Major Project under section 75B(1)(a) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
The substation is located in the centre of the site for connection to the 330kV network owned by TransGrid. There is no constraint on the capacity of the line. The first stage of the wind farm will produce 158.5MW of renewable power at full capacity. The final rated power figure will be determined based on the final layout of the wind farm – particularly the turbine location suitability for GW1.5MW and GW2.5MW turbines. Associated infrastructure and facilities include a substation and office space, underground power and telecommunications cablings, a wind monitoring tower and access tracks.
Within the first six months of operation, when generating at full power, Gullen Range Wind Farm will produce enough green energy to offset the amount of energy (CO2-equivalent) that was used to manufacture the turbines. In one year of operating GRWF will offset 445,000tCO2; it will then go on to produce clean energy for the next 20 years, helping NSW and Australia meet its energy demands by utilising renewable sources.
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GRWF is on schedule to begin construction work at site in 2012.