July 6 (Renewables Now) - Epuron Pty Ltd’s roughly 1-GW Liverpool Range Wind Farm project in New South Wales, Australia, has secured environmental approval, the solar and wind project developer said on Thursday.
The approval under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) was awarded with a number of conditions related to the conservation of several bird species. The developer is required to submit for approval a vegetation clearance plan with specific steps aimed at minimising the impact from the wind farm’s operation to the habitat of the endangered Regent Honeyeater and the Swift Parrot.
The Liverpool Range Wind Farm project envisages the installation of up to 288 wind turbines in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales and will require an investment of around AUD 643 million (USD 477m/EUR 407m). The project secured the green light by the state’s government in April. Once up and running, the park will be one of the largest in Australia, producing enough electricity to meet the needs of almost 500,000 homes. Its construction is expected to take three years.
Following consultations on the project, Epuron has already agreed to a range of changes to its plan, among which is cutting the total wind turbine number, and agreed to strict noise and visual criteria.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.741/EUR 0.633)