Construction starts on state’s biggest wind farm
7 June 2016
Work has started on NSW’s largest wind farm, bringing the state closer to achieving a secure, reliable and affordable clean energy future.
The 70 turbine 175 megawatts wind farm, west of Glen Innes in the New England region, is being built by Goldwind Australia and CECEP Wind-Power Corporation and is expected to bring a $30-$40 million boost to the local community during the 18-month construction period. A second stage will see a total of 119 turbines erected.
Local community benefits
White Rock Wind Farm is bringing up to $40 million in local investment, job creation and skills training to the Glen Innes and Inverell districts.
Around 200 jobs are expected to be created during construction. The NSW Department of Industry with the Industry Capability Network ran a workshop to bring local business and the private operators together to discuss job opportunities and encourage contracts to be filled by local suppliers, where possible.
Another 10-15 permanent jobs will be needed to service the new wind farm once operational, while local TAFE will provide opportunities for upskilling across a variety of trades.
NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan
The State action plan delivered in 2013 is focused on attracting investment in clean energy, keeping the community informed, building community support and attracting and growing expertise in renewable energy technology.
Energy technology companies are attracted to NSW because of the favorable investment environment with the NSW Government focusing on implementing practical measures to remove investment barriers.
Growing sustainable energy generation in NSW
The NSW Government is committed to growing the renewable energy sector and the power generated from White Rock Wind Farm will contribute to the national target of 33,000 Gwh or about 23.5 per cent of Australia’s electricity generation coming from renewable sources in 2020.
White Rock Wind Farm is one of 17 large-scale renewable energy projects in NSW totalling 4,500 megawatts of capacity and $6 billion in investment, supported by the NSW Division of Resources and Energy.
Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts said NSW has abundant natural resources and it was exciting to see works starting on the White Rock Wind Farm, helping to grow the state’s renewable energy generation capacity.