Hills of Gold Energy
ENGIE Australia and New Zealand is pleased to announce the purchase of the Hills of Gold Wind Farm development near Nundle in New South Wales.
ENGIE ANZ will be responsible for developing and operating the $826 million facility, having completed the acquisition of the project entity, Wind Energy Partners Pty Ltd.
The Hills of Gold Project, which is progressing through the planning process, is expected to support a generating capacity of up to 420MW. Once constructed, it 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 $2,500 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.