The 200 MW Silverton Wind Farm will produce approximately 780,000 MWh of renewable energy annually, which can power more than 137,000 average Australian homes
In January 2017, AGL announced the 200 MW Silverton wind farm in western NSW is set to proceed to construction having achieved financial close on the sale of the project to the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF).
Silverton Wind Farm is located in the Barrier Ranges of NSW, with its south-western boundary approximately five kilometres north of Silverton and approximately 25 kilometres north-west of Broken Hill. The placement of turbines would be located over the Mundi Mundi Range in the southern portion of the site and Mount Robe Range in the northern portion of the site.
The 200 MW Silverton wind farm will produce approximately 780,000 MWh of renewable energy annually, which can power more than 137,000 average Australian homes. The renewable energy produced from the wind farm’s 58 turbines will reduce CO2 emissions by 655,000 tonnes annually, which is the equivalent of taking 192,000 cars off the road each year.
Silverton Wind Farm Developments has finalised and submitted a Development Application to the NSW Department of Planning, as required under Part 3A of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Subsequently, Silverton Wind Farm applied for an extension to the original Development Approval and this was granted on 11th April 2014.
Silverton Wind Farm Developments considered the issues raised in the submissions received from the public exhibition period and prepared a Preferred Project and Submissions Report to respond to these issues.
In January 2017, AGL announced that construction will proceed following financial close on the sale of the project to the Powering Australian Renewable Fund.
GE and civil engineering construction company, CATCON, won the major contract to develop and build the $450 million Silverton Wind Farm, in what will be the sixth largest wind farm in Australia. GE and CATCON, will be responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the Silverton Wind Farm Project, which includes the supply, transportation, erection, fit-out and commissioning of 58 wind generation turbines, together with the design and construction of the WTG foundations, internal road and hardstand network, electrical reticulation system, external road upgrades and the construction of an Operations and Maintenance Facility.
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The Modification 3 Exhibition period was from 5-28 August 2016 and submissions were accepted until 9 September 2016. Community drop in sessions were held at Silverton and Broken Hill on 17 August 2016. Twelve submissions were received during the exhibition period; nine from government departments and 3 from the community.
Following public exhibition of the Silverton Wind Farm Environmental Assessment in 2008, the Department of Planning provided the submissions received to Silverton Wind Farm Developments to respond to the issues raised in accordance with Section 75H of the NSW Environmental and Planning Assessment Act 1979. Silverton Wind Farm Developments has considered the issues raised in the submissions and has prepared a Preferred Project and Submissions Report to respond to these issues.
This Report had a dual purpose:
The Minister provided Concept Approval for the Silverton Wind Farm, comprising the construction, operation and decommissioning of up to 598 wind turbines and associated infrastructure
On 13 May 2009, under Section 75 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Commonwealth), Stage 1 of the Silverton Wind Farm was declared to be "Not a Controlled Action".
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