ENGIE’s Hills of Gold Wind Farm gets planning approval push

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ENGIE‘s Hills of Gold Wind Farm at Nundle in New South Wales has taken a significant step forward, with the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) recommending its approval.

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DPE has recommended the proposal based on the site’s high quality wind resource and ability to connect to existing transmission infrastructure, allowing Hills of Gold to generate electricity earlier than other projects under development in the New England region.

The Hills of Gold project has been referred to the Independent Planning Commission for approval of 47 turbines, which could be received as early as March 2024.

ENGIE ANZ general manager of delivery and engineering Leigh Newbery thanked the local community for its support during the planning process.

“This is an exciting day for this project, which will deliver additional renewable energy capacity into the national grid, while also providing social and economic benefits to the Nundle, Hanging Rock, Wallabadah and Crawney communities,” he said.

“ENGIE has been overwhelmed by the continued support of many of the community members for the Hills of Gold Wind Farm. We thank the community for engaging with both ENGIE and the approving authorities, which has led us to DPE’s recommendation for approval.

“We’re well advanced on taking this project from the drawing board to development and look forward to continuing to build our relationship with the Nundle community.”

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The Hills of Gold Wind Farm site is located about 5km south of Hanging Rock and 8km south-east of Nundle. It has a generating capacity up to 390MW and includes a 100MW battery energy storage system, 330kV transmission line connecting to the existing transmission network at Wallabadah, and other associated ancillary infrastructure.

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