The 1500MW Yanco Delta wind farm in NSW’s South West Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) has been approved and will deliver clean energy to 700,000 homes.
Clean, renewable energy to power up to 700,000 homes a year has been given the green light with the NSW Government’s approval for the Yanco Delta wind farm in the state’s South West Renewable Energy Zone (REZ).
The 1500MW wind farm will be developed by Virya Energy around 10km north-west of Jerilderie on a 33,000 hectare site in the Murrumbidgee and Edward River Local Government Areas.
The project will involve the construction of 208 wind turbines with a maximum tip height of 270m, an 800MW battery energy storage facility and grid connection infrastructure.
“This is fantastic news for NSW and for the South West of the state. It means more clean energy, more jobs and local investment and we’re another step closer to achieving our Net Zero targets,” says Minister for Climate Change and Energy Penny Sharpe.
“Over the next decade, 3 of the 4 remaining coal fired generators in NSW are scheduled to retire, removing around 7400 megawatts of dispatchable electricity generation from the system,” says Minister for Climate Change and Energy Penny Sharpe.
“Renewable energy developments like this one in the South West Renewable Energy Zone are critical to our energy future, so we can ensure there is enough renewable energy to replace aging coal-fired power stations,” says Minister for Climate Change and Energy Penny Sharpe.
Public exhibition of the project’s environmental impact statement saw overall support, and the Department of Planning and Environment has been engaging closely with local councils, residents and government agencies.
The project is estimated to save between 2.8 million and 5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year, making a significant contribution to the state’s net zero targets and Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap.
“Local residents and stakeholders have played a vital role in the work to get this project over the line, and it’s set to deliver positive local benefits including up to 300 jobs in construction and 30 jobs in operation,” says Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully.
“Two hundred and eight wind turbines producing around 1500 megawatts is more than the entire generating capacity of the Mt Piper coal fired power station near Lithgow, west of the Blue Mountains,” says Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully.
“This is a great way to end to 2023. With 18 renewable energy projects under assessment that could provide enough energy to more than 2,740,000 households a year, 2024 will likely be an even stronger year for adding more renewable energy to the NSW grid,” says Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully.
Potential impacts would be managed through strict conditions including road upgrades and maintenance, implementation of management plans and a range of mitigation and adaptive management measures.
Wind farms operate by utilising the kinetic energy of wind and converting it into electrical energy using wind turbines.
According to the New Climate Energy Finance (CEF) report, Queensland is on track to deliver its renewables targets as clean energy replaces coal.