Coppabella Wind Farm
Coppabella Wind Farm is located in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, approximately 30km west of Yass. The Wind Farm was originally a distinct precinct within the larger proposed Yass Valley Wind Farm. The project was renamed Coppabella Wind Farm to reflect the change from the original project scope and more accurately represent its geographic location.
Coppabella Wind Farm will extend 12 kilometres west to east and 10 kilometres north to south along the Coppabella Hills near the towns of Bookham and Binalong.
The NSW Government has approved construction and operation of up to 79 wind turbines and related civil and electrical infrastructure.
Please contact us if you have questions or would like to receive further information about the project.
Recruitment of Local Representative for the Project
Goldwind Australia is currently recruiting for a ‘Local Representative’ for the project. The role will assist with the provision of community relations and engagement for the Coppabella Wind Farm project during the pre-construction and construction phases.
Closing date for applications is Wednesday 15th November 2017.
Coppabella Wind Farm Local Business Participation Program Launched
Goldwind Australia has launched the Local Business Participation Program for Coppabella Wind Farm. The Program will be a key initiative to identify capability and capacity in the local community and maximise opportunities for local subcontractors and suppliers to participate in the project.
For a full media release, see here.
Coppabella Wind Farm has recently submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, an application to modify the Development Consent SSD-6698. This modification is required to enable optimum development, efficient operation and, competitively priced power to be provided into the National Electricity Market.
The key modifications being sought include:
- Internal access roads
A variation to the internal access road and earthworks design is required as the original design that was used for the Development Consent does not sufficiently account for the complexity of terrain on and around the Coppabella Hills. A detailed road and earthworks design has since been completed and this forms the basis for a realistic earthworks footprint. As a result, the vegetation impact allowance is required to be increased and an increased biodiversity offset provision specified. The impact footprint is predominantly made up of grasslands and includes areas that will be temporarily impacted and then rehabilitated after construction.
- Increased tip height
Due to the lengthy development review process since the original Yass Valley Wind Farm was submitted for approval in 2009, wind turbine technology has advanced substantially and the modification is required to ensure the project can provide competitively priced power to the National Electricity Market. The proposed variation in turbine dimensions leads to an increase in the maximum blade tip height from 150 metres to 171 metres.
Additionally, a number of minor modifications are being sought to allow for the optimal construction of the project. The modified design has been developed in parallel with further environmental assessments to minimise any increase in environmental impacts.
The associated application documents can be found online at the NSW DPE major project register, see here. Hard copies of the documentation will be available at the following locations:
- Hilltops Council: 3 East Street, Harden;
- Harden Library: East Street, Harden;
- Yass Valley Council: 209 Comur Street, Yass;
- Yass Valley Library: 88 Comur Street, Yass;
- Binalong Post Office: 28 Fitzroy Street, Binalong; and
- Nature Conservation Council: Level 14, 338 Pitt Street, Sydney.
Feedback on the modification application can be submitted to the NSW DPE during the public exhibition period: Friday, 22 September 2017, to Monday, 23 October 2017.