White Rock Wind Farm - Stage I, New South Wales, Australia

Last Modified: Mon Jun 15 2020 06:05:05 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 175 MW
    generation capacity of Goldwind Australia's Stage I of the White Rock Wind Farm located in the New England Tablelands approximately 20km west of Glen Innes and 40km east of Inverell. The planned capacity for the entire farm is 300 MW, to be constructed on two phases.
  • 548 GWh
    of electricity will be generated each year.
  • 75,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 754,000 tonnes
    estimated annual reduction in GHG emissions once the farm is operational.
  • ?
    hectares of land will be used. The wind farm is located at the junctions of the Glen Innes, Inverell and Guyra Shires. The wind farm is south of the Gwydir Highway.
  • 70
    Goldwind 121 type turbine, rated at 2.5MW, has been selected for Stage 1. In all 119 turbines will be used (Stage I, II).
  • 4
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: Goldwind Australia (25%), China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP) (75%), EPC and O&M: Goldwind Australia and Keppel Prince Engineering, Distributor: TransGrid.
  • $400 million
    estimated project cost.
  • 300
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • 15
    permanent jobs during operational phase.
  • $175,000
    Amount that will be donated to a community fund each year once the farm is operational. Besides, $30 - $40 million is the estimated contribution to local economy during construction phase.
  • Jul 2012
    Planning permit approved by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission.
  • Jun 2015
    PPA secured with Transgrid
  • Apr 2016
    Ground breaking at site.
  • Oct 2016
    Shipment with eight complete Goldwind 2.5 MW wind turbine generators which are the biggest wind turbine blades arrive in Australia to be transported to site.
  • $14 million
    tower supply contract awarded by Goldwind to Australian wind tower maker Keppel Prince Engineering (KPE). Under the terms of the agreement, KPE will build 80 tower sections for the wind farm, which represents a total of 28% of the tower sections being used in the project.
  • Dec 2016
    Local Community Celebrates the Arrival of the First Turbine Blade.
  • May 2017
    12 member service team - the permanent team engaged to perform operation and maintenance on the assets installed at the farm including Wind Turbine Generators and other equipment - put in place. 9 of the 12 persons recruited locally.
  • 15 May 2017
    21 turbines now installed.
  • Jun 2017
    Over 35 turbines now installed.
  • Aug 2017
    Over 50 turbines installed.
  • 12 Sep 2017
    Installation of all the 70 Goldwind GW2500 turbines, each with 90-metre hub heights, completed.
  • 04 Nov 2017
    More than 1,500 people from around the region visited the White Rock Wind Farm on its Open Day.