In response to the Department of Planning & Environment’s recommendation for the Jupiter Wind Farm
EPYC is clearly disappointed with the recommendation to refuse planning permission for the proposed 54-turbine Jupiter Wind Farm. The project’s local supporters have also been disappointed as will anyone who believes that NSW has much more to do to clean up the state’s energy supply.
The proposed wind farm is located within a precinct identified by the NSW Government where significant future renewable energy development is expected.
A wind farm of this size, would have the capacity to generate enough clean energy to meet the annual electricity needs of up to 103,000 homes and save up to 600,000 tonnes of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2020.1 That is equivalent to removing 183,000 passenger vehicles from NSW roads each year during the operation of the wind farm.1
In addition to the significant environmental benefits, the project would also provide around $25 million to the local community through payments to hosts, neighbours living within 3km of turbines, and to local councils via a Community Enhancement Fund to support local initiatives over the wind farm’s anticipated 30-year lifetime.
This project has the potential to generate a considerable quantity of safe, clean, renewable energy – as well as deliver valuable funding for the local area and create local jobs.
We firmly believe that this location has outstanding potential to generate clean power. The technical and environmental studies we have conducted over a number of years support this view.
We will carefully review the Department’s report and assess the best way forward. As we have done since 2014, we will make sure the local community is kept informed and involved in the project’s next steps.”
The project has been referred to the independent Planning Assessment Commission for determination.