UPC Renewables unveils plans for 800-MW wind farm in NSW

Wind turbines. Photo by: City of Melbourne (http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au).

February 13 (Renewables Now) - UPC Renewables Australia has proposed to build an 800-MW wind farm in New South Wales and plans to present the idea to the local community later this month.

The company, in which the AC Energy subsidiary of the Philippines' Ayala Corp (PSE:AC), owns 50%, intends to erect 175 turbines on grazing land in the central-western part of the state, expecting the machines will enable the generation of electricity for about 590,000 homes a year. The so-called Valley of the Winds project is still in the early stages of planning, UPC/AC Renewables said on Tuesday. 

The installation of battery storage capacity is also considered.

The project is anticipated to open up to 400 jobs during the construction phase and create up to 50 full-time jobs throughout the operational life of the power plant. The community information session for it will be held on February 27. The scheme will be assessed as a State Significant Development and will also require government approval.

UPC/AC Renewables Australia is the developer of the 1-GW Robbins Island and Jims Plain wind projects in Tasmania and the 600-MW New England solar park scheme in New South Wales. It says on its website it has an additional development portfolio of 3 GW located in New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria.

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