Hills of Gold Wind Farm
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ENGIE’s project development team has now submitted further information to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) on biodiversity, visual and transport.
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 65 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 1,000 gigawatt hours per annum, the equivalent energy to power 182,000 average Australian homes.
Key highlights of the Project:
Construction of the Project is expected to start in mid-2022
Over 211 direct jobs and about 400 indirect jobs expected during the construction phase
About 28 permanent jobs and 50 indirect jobs when operational, including 16 local positions, with the opportunity to develop new skills in the region within the growing renewable energy industry
Up to 65 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.