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The wind resource potential in NSW is very good, yet this potential has remained largely untapped. The NSW Wind Atlas[1] shows that many of the sites with good potential for wind farms are situated on the western side of the Great Dividing Range. While the wind is also strong in coastal areas, wind farms are unlikely to be built there due to existing residential development and national park areas. NSW also has an extensive electricity transmission network, providing relatively good power grid access for new wind farms.

As of March 2015, there was 625 MW of wind power installed in NSW.[2] As of May 2019, there was 1493 MW of wind power installed in NSW.

To measure public attitudes to wind farms, the NSW government surveyed 2000 people and 300 businesses in rural NSW in late 2010. About 80 per cent of respondents said they would strongly support wind farms in their region.[3] Support dropped off somewhat if a wind farm was proposed closer to a person's house but 60 per cent still supported wind turbines within two kilometres of their house. About 13 per cent of people surveyed, many aged over 65, said they did not support wind power.[3]

Wind farms in New South Wales

Hampton Wind Farm

A list of operating and planned wind farms in New South Wales is below.

Project name Sponsoring company Coordinates Turbines Capacity (MW) Status Completion Date Notes
Bango Wind Farm Wind Prospect CWP 46 244 Under construction Est. 2022 [4][5] First project in Australia to use General Electric 5.3 MW Turbines.
Black Springs Wind Corporation 33°50′28″S 149°42′36″E / 33.841°S 149.71°E / -33.841; 149.71 40 Cancelled
Blayney Wind Farm[6] Eraring Energy 33°37′19″S 149°11′54″E / 33.62194°S 149.19833°E / -33.62194; 149.19833 15 9.9 Operating 2000
Boco Rock Wind Farm[7] Wind Prospect CWP 36°34′37″S 149°07′26″E / 36.577°S 149.124°E / -36.577; 149.124 67 113 Operating 2015 [8]
Capital Wind Farm[9] Infigen Energy 35°08′45″S 149°34′02″E / 35.1458°S 149.5671°E / -35.1458; 149.5671 67 140.7 Operating 2009 [10]
Collector Wind Farm RATCH-Australia 34°51′S 149°23′E / 34.85°S 149.39°E / -34.85; 149.39 55 228 Operating 2021 [11]
Conroys Gap Wind Farm Epuron 34°07′41″S 149°46′05″E / 34.128°S 149.768°E / -34.128; 149.768 30 Planning approved
Cooma Pacific Hydro 36°14′24″S 149°07′30″E / 36.24°S 149.125°E / -36.24; 149.125 100 Feasibility
Crookwell Wind Farm[12] Tilt Renewables[13] (formerly Eraring Energy) 34°27′25″S 149°28′19″E / 34.457°S 149.472°E / -34.457; 149.472 8 4.8 Operating 1998
Crookwell 2 Wind Farm[14] Unión Fenosa Wind Australia 34°32′28″S 149°34′12″E / 34.541°S 149.570°E / -34.541; 149.570 46 92 Operating 2018
Crudine Ridge Wind Farm Wind Prospect CWP 32°56′35″S 149°40′41″E / 32.943°S 149.678°E / -32.943; 149.678 37 135 Operating 2021 [15]
Cullerin Range Wind Farm[16] Epuron (owned by EDL) 34°53′56″S 149°38′53″E / 34.899°S 149.648°E / -34.899; 149.648 15 30 Operating 2009 Developed by Epuron, Built by Origin, sold to EDL[17]
Gullen Range Wind Farm[18] Goldwind Australia / JNCEC 34°36′52.04″S 149°27′34.31″E / 34.6144556°S 149.4595306°E / -34.6144556; 149.4595306 73 165.5 Operating 2013
Gunning Wind Farm[19] Acciona 34°41′49″S 149°22′59″E / 34.697°S 149.383°E / -34.697; 149.383 31 46.5 Operating 2011
Hampton Wind Park[20] Wind Corporation Australia 33°38′20″S 150°02′58″E / 33.6388°S 150.0494°E / -33.6388; 150.0494 2 1.32 Operating 2001
Kooragang, Newcastle EnergyAustralia 32°52′38.94″S 151°44′54.95″E / 32.8774833°S 151.7485972°E / -32.8774833; 151.7485972 0.6 Decommissioned
Liverpool Range Epuron 31°52′59″S 149°52′16″E / 31.883°S 149.871°E / -31.883; 149.871 267 1000 Planning approved Largest proposed wind farm in Australia.
Lord Howe Island 31°33′S 159°05′E / 31.55°S 159.08°E / -31.55; 159.08 0.3 Feasibility
Molonglo Acciona Energy 35°13′55″S 149°26′46″E / 35.2319°S 149.446°E / -35.2319; 149.446 120 Cancelled
Mt Spring ActewAGL 33°23′53″S 149°09′07″E / 33.398°S 149.152°E / -33.398; 149.152 10 Cancelled
Paling Yards Unión Fenosa Wind Australia 35°08′38″S 149°01′19″E / 35.144°S 149.022°E / -35.144; 149.022 60 204 Feasibility [21]
Rock Flat Creek Pacific Hydro 36°09′29″S 149°12′36″E / 36.158°S 149.21°E / -36.158; 149.21 100 Feasibility
Rye Park Wind Farm Epuron 34°34′S 148°58′E / 34.57°S 148.96°E / -34.57; 148.96 92 276 Planning approved Sold to Tilt Renewables. Original total of turbines reduced from 126 to 109.[22] 92 turbines have been approved.
Sapphire Wind Farm[23] CWP Renewables 29°45′S 151°29′E / 29.75°S 151.49°E / -29.75; 151.49 75 270 Operating 2018 Completed as of 31 October 2018.[24]
Silverton Wind Farm Epuron 31°58′S 141°28′E / 31.97°S 141.46°E / -31.97; 141.46 58 200 Operating 2019
Snowy Plains Wind Farm (Berridale) Epuron 36°09′14″S 148°33′54″E / 36.154°S 148.565°E / -36.154; 148.565 26 Cancelled 2010[25]
Taralga Wind Farm CBD Energy/Banco Santander 34°25′37″S 149°51′28″E / 34.427076°S 149.857640°E / -34.427076; 149.857640 51 107 Operating 2015
Uungula Wind Prospect CWP 32°30′50″S 149°16′23″E / 32.514°S 149.273°E / -32.514; 149.273 125 400 Feasibility [26]
White Rock Wind Farm Goldwind Australia/ CECEP 29°47′S 151°32′E / 29.78°S 151.54°E / -29.78; 151.54 70 175 (Stage 1) Operating 2018 Approval for up to 119 WTGs.[27]
Woodlawn Wind Farm[28] Infigen Energy 35°05′02″S 149°37′12″E / 35.084°S 149.62°E / -35.084; 149.62 23 48.3 Operating 2011
Coppabella Wind Farm Epuron 34°44′10″S 148°33′18″E / 34.736°S 148.555°E / -34.736; 148.555 75 284 Planning approved Sold to Goldwind.[29]
Bodangora Wind Farm[30] Infigen Energy 32°26′42″S 149°02′24″E / 32.445°S 149.04°E / -32.445; 149.04 33 113.2 Operating 2019 33 GE 3.4-130 Turbines[31]
Bowmans Creek Wind Farm Epuron 32°15′47″S 151°05′53″E / 32.263°S 151.098°E / -32.263; 151.098 250+ Feasibility [32]
Flyers Creek Wind Farm Infigen Energy 38 145 Feasibility [33]
Biala Wind Farm BJCE Australia 31 110 Operating 2021 [34]
Granite Hills Wind Farm Akuo Energy 132 Feasibility [35]
Hills of Gold Wind Farm Wind Energy 98 400 Feasibility [36]
Jupiter Wind Farm EPYC Pty Ltd 350 Cancelled [37]
Upper Hunter Energy Park Upper Hunter Energy Park Pty Ltd 34 Feasibility [38]

See also

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