The Department of Planning and Environment has approved proposed changes to the Sapphire Wind Farm near Glen Innes, with conditions responding directly to issues raised by the community and Government agencies during consultation.
Wind Prospect CWP Pty Ltd’s application involves a number of changes to the approved Sapphire Wind Farm, including:
The modification application was publicly exhibited during March 2016.
The Department received 17 submissions, including seven from government agencies, eight from the general public and two from special interest groups. Six community submissions objected to the modification.
Key issues identified during consultation include visual and noise impacts on nearby residents, and aviation impacts on the Glen Innes Aerodrome as a result of the larger turbines.
These issues have been assessed by the Department and strict conditions have been applied in response, including:
“The applicant’s change in plans is in response to the availability of new wind energy technology”, a spokesperson said.
“New turbine designs have increased in size and improved efficiency, which has prompted the applicant to significantly reduce the number of proposed turbines while generating the same amount of energy.
“Overall, the changes will reduce the impacts of the project, whilst allowing the economic and environmental benefits of the approved project to be realised.”
The project has a capital investment value of more than $400 million with the potential to create 250 construction jobs and generate 300 megawatts of clean energy for NSW consumers, enough to power around 130,000 homes every year.
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