Uungula Wind Farm will generate enough electricity to power 170,500 homes
Uungula Wind Farm is a proposed development of up to 109 wind turbines and associated infrastructure on agricultural land approximately 14 km east of Wellington, NSW. The site is well suited to wind generation due to its reliable wind resource, low density of rural residential dwellings and proximity to existing transmission infrastructure.
The wind farm was first publicly announced in 2011 and an Environmental Assessment was prepared in 2013. At that stage the project consisted of 249 turbines within the Wellington Council and Mid-Western Regional Council areas. Following extensive community consultation and after a detailed review of the grid network, the project was revised in July 2018 to focus on the western half of the project only, between Wellington and the Cudgegong River, and 122 turbines were removed from the plans. In June 2019 a further eight wind turbine generators were removed from the design. This decision was made following extensive stakeholder consultation and will reduce disturbance to the community during construction, ground disturbance, and impacts to visual amenity in the area.
A range of turbine sizes are being considered for the Project. The dimensions of the wind turbines anticipated to be on the market in the next few years are currently under review and turbines between 200 m and 250 m (height from blade ground to top of blade tip), with generating capacity expected to be upwards of 4MW, are being considered. Larger turbines enable greater energy generation from a smaller number of machines, lowering the levelized cost of energy.
We are currently undertaking a thorough analysis of all associated Project impacts, particularly visual amenity and working closely with neighbours and the community to assess the impacts of the larger turbines, prior to finalising the Project design.
Planning and approval documentation can be found here:
The proposed Uungula Wind Farm is located between Wellington, Gulgong and Mudgee, north of Lake Burrendong, New South Wales.
The map shows the location of the proposed wind farm
Site Identification and Resource Monitoring
Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA)
Community Consultative Committee established
Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements received
Project extent revised, CCC re-established
Environmental Assessment on Public Exhibition
Development Approvals forecast
Construction forecast to commence
Forecast to be fully commissioned and operational
Uungula Wind Farm will play an important role in contributing to the increasing local and global need for renewable projects to tackle the issues of Global Warming and Climate Change. The project will contribute to the local economy of the Wellington region which is experiencing a growth in renewable energy trades and qualifications. This large scale project would provide additional opportunity for construction and operation suppliers in the region.
The project would be operational for approximately 25 years providing around 20 full time jobs as well as numerous supply contracts and service opportunities throughout the project life cycle.
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