Gullen Range wind farm to get a neighbour

Chinese wind giant, Goldwind, has been given approval to build a 11MW solar PV farm next to the Gullen Range wind farm in the New South Wales Southern Tablelands.

Goldwind, which co-owns the neighbouring 165MW Gullen Range wind farm with JingNeng, announced plans to construct a 10-12MW solar plant on the wind farm site, 12km south of Crookwell in February.

The $25 million investment will include around 40,000 PV panels around 3-4m apart, and will cover 25-30ha, according to The Goulburn Post.

The South Regional Planning Panel approval comes with several conditions, including limits on hours of construction, vehicle movements and planting a tree screen to soften the visual impact on neighbouring properties. The panel also added a condition requiring the operator to keep a complaints register.

Three local residents had spoken out against the development at the time of the April deferment. But in a submission to Thursday’s hearing, Upper Lachlan Shire Council agreed to conditional approval.