White Rock Wind Farm Overview
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 over 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.
The project will have significant local benefits during construction, with investment in the local economy. Stage 1 is expected to inject in the vicinity of $35 million into the local economy during construction. White Rock Wind Farm is committed to maximising opportunities for local suppliers where possible and delivering benefits for the local economy.
White Rock Wind Farm Pty Ltd (WRWFPL) (ACN 153 592 173) is the proponent and is owned by Goldwind Capital Australia Pty Ltd (ACN 142 403 950).
Initial development of the project was undertaken by Epuron. In 2014, Goldwind acquired WRWFPL from Epuron. In 2016, China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group Wind-Power Corporation (CECWPC) acquired 75% interest in WRWFPL with Goldwind retaining a 25% interest.
WRWFPL is undertaking staged construction of the project. It is planned to build 70 turbines in the first stage along with the related civil and electrical infrastructure.
The turbine model installed will be the Goldwind 121 2.5MW which has an approximate 89.5m hub height and almost 150m tip height. The total capacity of Stage 1 is planned to be 175MW. For more details on the turbines on site please see here.
A grid connection point has been secured with TransGrid into the NSW transmission system. The connection point will be into the 132KV line which is on the southern side of the Gwydir Highway and provides a high voltage line between Glen Innes and Inverell.
Please contact us if you have any questions or comments on the project.