The NSW Independent Planning Commission has approved the Bowmans Creek Wind Farm in the Hunter-Central Coast Renewable Energy Zone.
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The $569 million wind farm received approval from a three-member commission that was delegated the case from the Department of Planning and Environment, granting the go-ahead for the renewable energy project under “strict conditions” that include a reduction in the number of originally proposed turbines, according to a press release from the New South Wales Government’s Independent Planning Commission.
The project, owned by Australian renewable energy company Ark Energy, will comprise of a maximum of 54 turbines up to 220m high, with an output of 335 megawatts. The commission has set out the requirements for Ark to implement visual mitigation measures on the landscape, undertake noise monitoring and publish the results on its website, and manage traffic and transport impacts in consultation with the local community.
In its Statement of Reasons for approving the wind farm, the commission found that the proposed site is “is suitable for renewable energy development given its location within the Hunter-Central Coast REZ, proximity to existing electricity transmission networks, topography, wind resources, access to the regional road network, and avoidance of major environmental constraints”.
The Bowmans Creek Wind Farm project has been circulating among key stakeholders since early 2018.
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