About the project
We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future.
We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples on the lands on which our sites are located and commit to building a brighter future together.
The proposed Hills of Gold Wind Farm is located about 5km south of Hanging Rock and 8km south-east of Nundle and is contained within three Local Government Areas: Tamworth Regional Council, Upper Hunter Shire Council, and Liverpool Plains Shire Council.
The Project will involve the construction, commissioning and operation of a wind farm with up to 70 wind turbine generators and associated ancillary infrastructure to support a generating capacity of up to 420 megawatts.
Once constructed, and with the backing of ENGIE’s local and global expertise in renewable energy, the Hills of Gold Wind Farm will supply up to 1,100 gigawatt hours per annum, the equivalent energy to power 185,000 average Australian homes.
Key highlights of the Project:
Construction of the Project is expected to start in early 2022
Over 215 direct jobs and about 430 indirect jobs expected during the construction phase
About 30 permanent jobs and 50 indirect jobs when operational, including the opportunity to develop new skills in the region within the growing renewable energy industry
Up to 70 wind turbines, each with a generating capacity of up to 6MW per unit
Hills of Gold Community Enhancement Fund to be established, with a commitment of $3,000 per turbine per year installed and operating, expected over a period of at least 25 years.
ENGIE is the largest independent power provider in the world and has had a presence in Australia for more than 20 years through its retail and multi-technical services businesses and 1,200 MW of low-carbon power stations. ENGIE developed and commissioned the Willogoleche Wind Farm in 2019, which added to its growing portfolio of renewable energy assets and developments.
Overview of proposed Hills of Gold Wind Farm
Subject to project approvals the proposed wind farm could include wind turbines as well as associated infrastructure including: