New wind farm for Glen Innes
THE NSW Division of Resources and Energy's deputy secretary Kylie Hargreaves has welcomed the ACT Government's announcement of its investment in a wind farm to be built west of Glen Innes on the NSW Northern Tablelands.
Ms Hargreaves said the project would inject considerable funds into the local community and create employment during the construction and operational phases.
"This 260MW wind farm will help the ACT meet its 90% renewable energy target," she said.
"The construction phase alone will create more than 250 jobs and the project will provide energy that can supply up to 110,000 households.
"It allows the local community to invest up to $10 million in a community shared-ownership model which is a first for NSW."
The construction of the Sapphire Wind Farm will contribute to NSW's energy security and the financial security of the people of the Northern Tablelands.
"The share of generation from wind, solar and bioenergy sources has more than doubled in NSW over the past four years," Ms Hargreaves said. "CWP Renewables is a Newcastle-based company and is now exploring the possibility of utilising the Port of Newcastle in the transport chain of the project's infrastructure.
"The NSW Government will ... support reliable, affordable and sustainable energy supply through the state's Renewable Energy Action Plan."