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$200m NSW wind farm to meet renewable energy target

THE ACT Government has announced it will award a 20 year feed-in tariff contract to the NSW Crookwell 2 Wind Farm to be built near Goulburn.  

"Wind farms harness an unlimited and readily-available resource to generate electricity and parts of NSW have been identified as some of Australia's best areas for wind resources," said Deputy Secretary NSW Resources and Energy, Ms Kylie Hargreaves.  

"The $200 million Crookwell 2 Wind Farm project is an exciting and innovative project that will help NSW deliver on its commitment to increase renewable energy jobs and infrastructure in the state."  

The 91 megawatt wind farm is expected to support 80 direct construction jobs and 14 ongoing operational jobs and will contribute to the ACT's 100% renewable energy target. Farmers will also be able to continue to work the land surrounding the turbines.  

The project's proponent, Union Fenosa Wind Australia (Union Fenosa), has committed to a Community Enhancement Fund of $2,500 per turbine.

This equates to a contribution of around $70,000 each year to the local community for the life of project, which is estimated to be 25 years.  

Union Fenosa has also established a shared benefits scheme with near neighbours.  

"NSW offers a number of sites which offer a combination of high average wind speeds, consistent winds and smooth landscapes.  

"The construction of this wind farm will contribute to the financial security of the people of the Upper Lachlan, Crookwell and Goulburn, and demonstrate the potential of renewable energy to transform our regional communities," Ms Hargreaves said.

Crookwell 2 Wind Farm is the second NSW project to win a competitive feed-in tariff from the ACT Government. In March 2016, the Sapphire Wind Farm in New England secured a 100 megawatt feed-in tariff and is expected to commence construction this year.  

"Through its Renewable Energy Action Plan, the NSW Government is actively supporting the growth of the renewable energy sector.  

"The share of generation from solar, wind and bioenergy sources has more than doubled over the past five years and exciting projects like Crookwell show the role our state can play in helping Australia transition to sustainable, inexhaustible and low-emission sources to generate electricity," said Ms Hargreaves.

  "Resources and Energy's recently published Renewable Energy Map shows the sources of renewable energy in NSW - sunlight, wind, waves, biomass, water and heat from the Earth."  

"With abundant world-class renewable energy resources, New South Wales is well placed to make the transition to renewable energy."

  The Division of Resources and Energy's Renewable Energy Map can be found here.

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