White Rock Wind Farm is located in the New England Tablelands approximately 20km west of Glen Innes and 40km east of Inverell. The wind farm is located at the junctions of the Glen Innes, Inverell and Guyra Shires. The wind farm is south of the Gwydir Highway.
The NSW Government has approved construction and operation of up to 119 wind turbines. This would result in up to 300 MW of renewable electricity being generated depending on the turbine model selected.
Stage 1 of the project will consist of 70 turbines, producing 175 MW of clean renewable electricity which is enough to power 75,000 homes annually. Construction of Stage 1 commenced in May 2016 and the wind farm will be operational in the latter half of 2017.
Please contact us if you have any questions or comments on the project.
Expressions of Interest for administration of the Community Fund
EOIs are currently being sought from local organisations and individuals that can demonstrate the necessary capability and experience to administer the Fund. The aim of the Fund is to financially support initiatives and projects that enrich and enhance the local community. Stage 1 of funding is expected to total $175,00 per annum, commence once WRWF becomes operational and cease on decommissioning of the wind farm.
Alternative project access route via Ben Lommond
A further route option for over-size vehicles is being considered for access to the southern parts of the project site. Consultation with local councils and RMS is currently underway.
The route being considered is approximately 32km from New England Highway to Kelleys Road, Maybole. The route exits the New England Highway to the north of Llangothlin and continues approximately 13km on Ben Lomond Road then on Maybole Road for a further 19 km before turning into Kelleys Road. It crosses three Local Government Areas, Glen Innes Severn, Inverell and Armidale. The route is being considered for over-dimensional vehicles only and is regarded as more suitable than the currently available access route.
For more information see the fact sheet here.
Transportation of wind turbine components
Oversize vehicles transporting turbine components commenced deliveries on 5 December 2016. Approximately 700 oversize loads of turbine components will be travelling from Newcastle, via the New England Highway to the White Rock Wind Farm project site. These permitted and fully escorted loads will follow a set route and schedule. For more details, including the indicative delivery schedule, please see here.