The Bango Wind Farm is a proposed wind energy project in NSW
The Bango Wind Farm is a proposed wind energy project located near the townships of Boorowa and Rye Park, north of Yass in NSW.
Bango Wind Farm was assessed as a State Significant Development under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The NSW Planning and Assessment Framework is described on the NSW Government website. The project received approval by the NSW Independent Planning Commission in May 2018 for the construction of up to 71 wind turbine generators.
Because of Australia’s excellent wind resource, generating electricity from the wind is feasible in a variety of locations throughout the country. However, not all locations or conditions are conducive to wind farm developments. A number of factors such as proximity to the transmission grid, access, ecology and archaeology, cultural significance, visual impact, and location of residential dwellings, must all be taken into account when evaluating the potential of a site.
The map shown to the left shows the locations of the 71 turbine locations approved by the NSW Government for the Bango Wind Farm.
Over the course of the project development, site-specific investigations and consultations were undertaken to examine the potential effects of the project. Local council, government departments, community members and all other interested stakeholders have had opportunities to provide input during the assessment and consultation phase. The full suite of documents submitted to the NSW Government’s Department of Planning and Environment for assessment as part of the planning application process is available on the Major Projects website.
Site Identification and resource monitoring
Preliminary Environmental Assessment lodged
Project public announcement and open day
Community consultative committee established
Environmental Assessment on public exhibition
NSW development consent
Fully commissioned and operational
Our developments include the establishment of a Community Fund.
The purpose of the Fund is to provide support for the local community to develop, maintain, and enhance facilities, amenities, projects and activities in the region.
The Community Fund can be administered by local community representatives with assistance from the local council and is usually established around the time that the wind farm begins producing electricity.
Facts and Figures
The proposed Bango Wind Farm could consist of up to 71 turbines depending on turbine selection. Current wind turbine technologies vary in geometry. As such, our approach to assessing impacts of the proposal will be based on the greatest number and largest turbine type available (i.e. a conservative impact) to ensure we retain the flexibility to choose the most suitable wind turbine technology available in the market at the time of construction, post-approval.
Currently, towers ranging from 80 to 130 metres (m) and individual blade lengths from 40 to near 80 m are available in the market. These machines provide for a range of generation capacities from 2.5 to 4.8 megawatts (MW).
As with all wind farms, this project will also consist of other permanent ancillary structures and equipment which will be positioned in accordance with site constraints. These typically include:
- Access tracks and hardstand areas suitable for cranes;
- Overhead and underground electrical cabling;
- Substations (a main collector substation on site, and if necessary, a switching substation near to the point of connection);
- Wind measuring masts;
- Storage compounds; and,
- Operations buildings.
During the construction phase of a wind farm, additional temporary facilities are likely to be required on site. For example, mobile concrete batch plants, rock crushing compounds, and temporary site office buildings and facilities.
Number of turbines: 71
Rating of turbines: 2 MW
Wind farm size: 142 MW
Average Households supplied: 69,995
Carbon dioxide saved: 361,359 tonnes p.a.
The capacity factor used in these calculations is 35 %.
All the calculations used to estimate annual wind farm output, the number of households it will supply and the CO2 emissions saved, are generic figures based upon the calculations below.
- Average Output
Wind Farm Capacity in MW x Capacity Factor (%) x Annual Hours (8760) = Wind Farm Output (gross yield in MWhr per year)
- Households Supplied
Predicted Output / Average Australian Electricity Consumption per Household p.a. (6.220 MWhr) = Number of Households
- CO2 Emissions Avoided
Wind Farm Output x CO2 Savings per kWhr (0.83 kg CO2-e/kWh ) = CO2 Emissions Avoided
Average household energy use of 6.220 MWh p.a.is taken from Electricity Bill Benchmarks, March 2015, a report by ACIL Allen Consulting to the Australian Energy Regulator.
Emissions figures, in tonnes of CO2-e emitted per MWhr, were obtained from the National Greenhouse Accounts Factors (July 2017).
Below is a photomontage representation of how the wind farm will look from Rye Park once constructed. This image was included in the amended DA submitted in 2017, available here.
The turbines shown are based on one of the proposed layouts using the largest turbine dimensions being considered for this project. This photomontage (and others) will be updated once a turbine layout is published for the project.
Please re-visit this page as the project develops for more information.