Development Pipeline

Wind Energy Projects

Capital 2 Wind Farm

The proposed Capital 2 wind farm project will have an expected capacity of approximately 90-100 MW comprising 41 wind turbines. Capital 2 wind farm would form a significant addition to Infigen’s existing Capital Renewable Energy Precinct. The precinct currently consists the Capital wind farm (140.7 MW) and Woodlawn wind farm (48.3 MW). Construction of Capital 2 wind farm could improve economies of scale for Infigen’s operations in the area, thereby reducing operating costs on a per megawatt basis.

Infigen received Project Approval from the NSW Planning Assessment Commission for the proposed Capital 2 wind farm in November 2011. Project application documents are available to view on the website of the NSW Department of Planning & Environment.

Modification

Infigen lodged a request for modification to extend the existing planning permit (MP10_0135 MOD 4) . The modification request sought approval to an administrative amendment to condition A4 of the Project Approval to extend the lapsing date by five years. The Department approved the request for a modification on 12 May 2017. The modification request and approval documentation is available to view on the website of the Department here*.

* This is an external link. If the link is deactivated, please use the search facility available on the Department’s website

Community Consultative Committee

Expressions of interest are being sought for voluntary community members of a Community Consultative Committee (CCC) for the proposed Capital 2 wind farm development project. Up to seven positions are available for community representatives. The purpose of the CCC is to provide a forum for discussion between representatives of Capital 2 wind farm project, the community, the Council and other stakeholders on issues directly relating to the assessment, construction, and operation of the wind farm.

Ongoing community relations are also an important function of the committee. It is anticipated that the CCC will meet regularly for the life of the wind farm. Committee members will be appointed as individuals and will not be expected to represent specific organisations. Candidates will be selected to allow a broad cross-section of views to be brought to the committee.

For more detail on the CCC process and role of members please refer to the guidelines prepared by NSW Department of Planning & Environment (DPE):

Community Consultative Committee Guidelines

The selection criteria for CCC members are:

  • Experience and confidence in providing feedback to the community and relevant stakeholder groups.
  • Resident in the local area with a broad awareness and knowledge of local issues.

To discuss the application process please contact the chair of the CCC (as appointed by the Secretary of the NSW DPE), Mr Peter Gordon on 0417 064 767 or peter.gordon@charterpoint.com.au.

Please note:

  • Membership of the CCC is on a voluntary basis.
  • Membership of the CCC will be approved by the NSW DPE.
  • Expression of interest nomination forms can be found on page 20 of the Community Consultative Committee Guidelines.

You can send your application to:

  • Attention: Peter Gordon, Independent Chair
  • Subject: Capital 2 Wind Farm CCC – Expression of Interest
  • Email: peter.gordon@charterpoint.com.au or
  • Post: PO Box 5519, Kingston, ACT 2604

Cherry Tree Wind Farm

The proposed Cherry Tree wind farm received development consent for 16 wind turbines, a substation, access tracks and an electrical collection system of underground and overhead cables in November 2013.

Information sessions were held on:

  • Sunday, 4 December 2011 – Whiteheads Creek Hall on Kobyboyn Road from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Monday, 5 December 2011 – Trawool Valley Resort from 11 am to 8 pm

Infigen invited an independent acoustic expert to answer any questions visitors might have about the various sounds generated by wind farms. The acoustic expert explained in layman’s terms the independent noise compliance testing procedures that must be undertaken at wind farms. He also described the various aspects of these noises and brought recordings from an operating wind farm of wind turbine sounds at various distances.

The Cherry Tree proposal was on public display at the Mitchell Shire Council in August 2012. The proposal comprises the Planning Report; Environmental Noise Assessment; Flora, Fauna, Habitat Hectare and Net Gain Assessment; Traffic and Transport Assessment; Shadow Flicker and Blade Glint Assessment; and Electromagnetic Interference Assessment.

The Victorian Department of Health published two documents on wind farms, sound and health:

Newsletters

Cherry Tree Newsletter – October 2016

 

Flyers Creek Wind Farm

The proposed Flyers Creek wind farm is located approximately 20 km south of Orange (Blayney shire) in NSW and has an expected capacity of approximately 110-145 MW comprising up to 38 wind turbines, a substation, access tracks and an electrical collection system.

Project Approval for the Flyers Creek wind farm was granted by the NSW Government Planning Assessment Commission in March 2014.

The Environmental Assessment (EA), and Infigen’s Response to Submissions received to the EA, can be viewed at NSW Department of Planning website. The Flyers Creek Planning Report can also be viewed at this weblink.

A planning modification was lodged with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment in August 2018 to:

  • Increase the wind turbine envelope so as to accommodate the newer, more efficient turbine models now available; and
  • Include a 132kV transmission line and switching station so as to enable the Project to connect to the electrical grid.

The planning modification is being assessed by the Department of Planning. The application and associated documentation can be viewed here*.

If you have any questions or would like to be added to the Flyers Creek wind farm development project mailing list please contact Megan Richardson (email megan.richardson@infigenenergy.com).

* This is an external link. If the link is deactivated, please use the search facility available on the Department’s website

Community Consultation Committee & Newsletters

Forsayth Wind Farm

The proposed Forsayth wind farm has an expected installed capacity of approximately 65 MW, comprising around 25 to 30 wind turbines, a substation, access tracks and an electrical collection system of underground and overhead cables. Infigen received development consent for the proposed Forsayth wind farm by Etheridge Shire Council in September 2012.

Walkaway 2 & 3 Wind Farms

The Walkaway wind farm development projects are located near Geraldton, near Infigen’s Alinta wind farm. The proposed Walkaway 2 and 3 wind farms have received development consent for a capacity of up to 400 MW in December 2008. Infigen has a 32% equity interest in this project.

Woakwine Wind Farm

The project is located along the same ridgeline as Infigen Energy’s existing Lake Bonney wind farms. The proposed Woakwine wind farm has received development consent for 124 wind turbines, a substation, access tracks and an electrical collection system of underground and overhead cables.