Phillip Riley

1,000MW Liverpool Range Wind Farm Gets Planning Approval from NSW Government

The state government of New South Wales has given planning approval for the Liverpool Range wind farm, which could be the biggest wind farm in Australia with more than 1,000 megawatts.
Epuron, an Australian renewable energy company, is developing the wind project. The planning permission allows for 267 turbines on 25 various properties between the villages of Coolah and Cassilis east of Mudgee.
An article published on the website of RenewEconomy mentioned that the project could surpass 1,000 megawatts, depending on the final choice of wind turbine. It will extend 36 kilometres from north to south and 20 kilometres east to west in the centre of the New England Tablelands, and a part of it will also be within the electorate of former National leader Barnaby Joyce.
The article also reported, “The Liverpool Plains area to the north is one of the richest farming regions in Australia, but unlike the hotly-contested Shenhua coal mine north of the project, the wind farm will not get in the way of farming activities.”
Just over a week ago, Epuron has received its planning approval after working on the project for seven years. “All going well, and subject to the delivery of the project to an unnamed, but identified buyer, construction could begin within a year,” the article added.
The Australian renewable energy company also stated that the Liverpool Range wind project would be a vital part of the transition to renewable energy as more coal-fired power stations shut down, lessening emissions and preserving substantial quantities of water now utilized in coal generators.
According to New South Wales Minister Anthony Roberts, the project would provide approximately 800 jobs and allow valuable economic boost to the local community.
Martin Poole, the Executive Director at Epuron said, “I think we will start to see people talking more about power than renewables, and over the next couple of years, most of that power will come from renewables.”
“Epuron thanks the community for coming on board with this wind farm. After almost 15 years working on wind and solar projects around Australia, Epuron continues to be committed to the clean, new energy system that Australians, and importantly our children, expect and demand,” Poole further commented.
The complete report is originally posted here.
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