The Government of New South Wales has given the green light to Epuron’s roughly 1-GW Liverpool Range Wind Farm project, planning minister Anthony Roberts said on Tuesday.
It will take three years to build the wind park in the Upper Hunter region of the Australian state. The investment will be of around AUD 643 million (USD 494m/EUR 401m), according to Roberts' press release.
In response to a consultation on the project that outlined community and environmental concerns, the total number of turbines has been cut by 16, the number of substations has been reduced to four from six, and the distance between turbines and property boundaries will be increased, the minister said. In addition, the transmission line route will be changed a bit so as to reduce clearing of native vegetation.
Solar and wind project developer Epuron has agreed to road upgrades, strict noise criteria, visual screening for nearby residents, and biodiversity offsets to compensate for clearing of native vegetation.
Once up and running, the Liverpool Range wind park will be one of the largest in Australia, producing enough electricity to meet the needs of almost 500,000 homes.