Project Location

The proposed Baldon Wind Farm is located 13km north of Moulamein, 55km east of Balranald, and 75km southwest of Hay. The project would sit within the Murray River and Hay Shire Council areas and is adjacent to the Edward River Council to the east. The map to the right shows the location of site that has potential for development of a wind farm. The project site is approximately 40 km north-south and 15 km east-west.  

The proposed site lies within the South-West Renewable Energy Zone (SWREZ). The project  would contribute significantly to the NSW Government’s net-zero emissions 2050 targets by sending clean, carbon-free renewable power into the NSW electricity grid.

The land is currently used for sheep grazing and there is an existing 220kV power line which runs through the centre of the site. TransGrid and ElectraNet are partnering to deliver an energy interconnector between the power grids of South Australia and New South Wales, with an added connection to Victoria.

Construction on Project EnergyConnect is well advanced in NSW and ElectraNet has completed the more than 200km component of the project in South Australia, from Robertstown to the South Australian border. Transgrid and its construction partner Elecnor Australia are getting on with the job of delivering the 700km NSW section of this nation-critical infrastructure. This planned infrastructure passes through the site parallel to the existing power line.

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Preliminary Site Investigation

The project team completed various background and due diligence assessments (such as predictive wind speed modelling) to inform the develop of our preliminary site layout plans. The initial assessments indicate the project land could host approximately 180 wind turbines and associated infrastructure, and provide over 1GW of electricity generation. This is equivalent to the amount of electricity required to power over 500,000 average NSW homes. 

The project could be connected to the electricity transmission network through the new Project EnergyConnect 330 kV transmission line which is under construction by TransGrid, through future REZ infrastructure, or through the existing electricity network.

As we continue to carry out environmental and technical studies, and gather community feedback, the preliminary site design will be refined to incorporate finding and recommendations.

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Project Optimisation 

Over the past year, the initial design drawings of the Baldon Wind Farm have been refined after the completion of detailed environmental assessments and technical studies. The information gathered by the surveys and various assessments have allowed Goldwind to work to preserve areas of high cultural value and minimise impacts to areas of high biodivesity value. 

Some of the key findings from the assessments include: 

  • A number of threatened flora and fauna species were identified (including Chariot Wheels, Winged Peppercress, Southern Bell Frog and Plains Wanderer);
  • The identification of over 200 Cultural Heritage sites while surveying the proposed infrastructure assessment corridor. The infrastructure layout has been amended to avoid the majority of the identified heritage sites; and
  • The production of wireframes and photomontages, which visually depict what the wind farm would look like from different viewpoints (such as the Sturt Highway and from Moulamein).

The findings from the detailed studies and community feedback sessions have incorporated, and the proposed Baldon Wind Farm designs have now been updated and include the following features: 

  • Approximately 180 wind turbines exporting power to the National Electricity Market (NEM);
  • Associated infrastructure such as roads, drainage, cabling and substations;
  • Battery energy storage systems (BESS);
  • Associated construction facilities;
  • Accommodation camp for construction; and
  • Operations and maintenance facilities.

Project Status

Three meteorological masts are installed on the proposed site. These structures are 130m tall and carry meteorological instruments, such as anemometers to measure wind speed and direction. The three meteorological masts will help confirm the predicted wind resources available and location of turbine layout. The met masts are complemented by the other wind monitoring devices, such as trailer-mounted SODAR units located on the site. 

Over the past 2 years, extensive fieldwork has been completed across the project site, including ecological and heritage (Aboriginal and European) surveys. The results of these studies will further inform the proposed project layout and will form part of our Environmental Impact Statement and seeking necessary planning approval.

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EIS submission and next steps

The project is currently finalising the specialist reports and preparing documentation to support our EIS submission to the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (DPHI). Once submitted, it will be placed on public exhibition for a minimum of 28 days, allowing community members and agencies (such as local Councils or other governmental agencies such as the Department of Transport) to comment on the proposed development.

Once the exhibition period has concluded, the submissions are compiled and delivered back to Goldwind Australia. We will then prepare a Response to Submissions Report, which will address the items identified during the public exhibition period.

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Company Background

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Goldwind is a global leader of clean energy, energy conservation, and environmental protection solutions. We are committed to promoting energy transformation to attain access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all – to Drive Our Renewable Future. Operating in 38 countries, across six continents, the company has over 26 years’ experience manufacturing and installing onshore and offshore wind turbines, with over 50,000 turbines installed worldwide and comprising 115 GW of power generation.

Goldwind Australia was established in 2009 with offices in Sydney and Melbourne, and has over 2 GW of emission-free power generation across Australia. Goldwind Australia has fostered strong relationships with regional communities with a number of major proposal in development phase across the country.

Goldwind Australia is a signatory to the CEC Best Practice Charter for Renewable Energy Projects.

 

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