Sapphire Wind Farm, New South Wales, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Mon Jun 15 2020 05:40:50 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 270 MW
    generation capacity of CWP Renewables' Sapphire Wind Farm situated 18km west of Glen Innes and 28km east of Inverell in the New England Tablelands of New South Wales.
  • ? GWh
    proposed to be generated per year.
  • 115,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year. 48,000 of these will be in the ACT, contributing to 12% of the regions 100% RET.
  • 700,00 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • ?
    hectares of land will be used for the wind farm.
  • 75
    Vestas V126 3.6MW wind turbines will be used.
  • 4
    major organisations involved: CWP Renewables is the project developer, Vestas will supply and commission the turbines, Zenviron will deliver the balance of the plant. TransGrid will build, operate and maintain an on-site substation connecting the Sapphire project to the national energy grid.
  • $588 million
    estimated project cost. Partners Group, the global private markets investment manager, has provided the majority of the equity funding, with project developer CWP Renewables retaining a minority equity stake.
  • $120 million
    Committed by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) towards the project as part of a senior secured debt facility which also involves the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and Denmark's export credit agency EKF.
  • 200
    peak jobs during construction phase. The photograph is of Danielle who has nabbed a job with a cable-laying company. Soon, she'll have tickets to do work on site.
  • 20 - 30
    permanent jobs during operational phase.
  • $2,500
    per turbine per year over the life of the project will be contributed by the project to a community fund that will support local community interest groups and activities.
  • $10 million
    is expected to be injected into the local region during the construction phase.
  • Jan 2017
    Start of construction with completion estimated in 18 months to two years.
  • 05 Dec 2017
    Blade making its way to the top of a tower.
  • 11 Oct 2018
    Emerging retailer Flow Power signs contract to buy 50 MW of the output from project.
  • 14 Nov 2018
    Commonwealth Bank announces it will will source 65% of its national electricity needs - around 96,000 MWh annually - from the project. The bank, one of the key financiers of the project - signed a 12 year PPA with the project.
  • Nov 2018
    Construction complete and the farm is fully operational.