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Approval for Australian wind farm

The Bodangora Wind Farm in central west New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has received development consent by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

The proposed wind farm comprises 33 wind turbines (up to 120 MW installed capacity), a substation, tracks, cabling and associated wind farm infrastructure. The project is located approximately 20 km north east of the Wellington township. According to developer, Infigen Energy, the Bodangora farm will provide significant environmental benefits by supplying clean renewable generation and displacing greenhouse gas emissions that would occur with fossil fuel generation. The construction of the project is expected to create approximately 110 jobs and another 6-8 ongoing jobs during the operation of the wind farm.

Infigen Energy says that it is also committed to engaging and involving the broader community in both direct and indirect project opportunities. This includes an AU$85,000 per annum Voluntary Planning Agreement with the Wellington Council and a Community Benefit Fund which will receive 2% of revenue from one of the Bodangora wind turbines.

A significant number of alterations were made to the project to account for environmental constraints and to address concerns highlighted through the community consultation process, according to Infigen.

“Using the onsite wind monitoring equipment and our experience at our other operating wind farms, we were able to design a layout that is strategically positioned to harness the stronger wind resource, while still maintaining sensitivity to the environmental constraints of the site,” said Frank Boland, senior development manager at Infigen Energy.

NSW’s draft Renewable Energy Action Plan is to have  20% of NSW’s electricity generated from renewable sources by 2020.

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