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    Gunning Wind Farm

    The Gunning Wind Farm has an electrical substation, access tracks to each turbine, an operation and maintenance facility and 17.4km of underground cabling. A 14km 132kV transmission line was also constructed to connect the wind farm to the existing Yass-Goulburn transmission line.

    The turbines are located on the privately owned property Walwa, which is predominantly cleared pastoral land. The wind farm site continues to be used for grazing.

     

    In the event of an emergency members of the local community can call 1300 283 550

    General information

    Location
    Approximately 35 kilometres north-east of Gunning and 70 km north-east of Canberra
    Capacity
    46.5 MW (31 wind turbine generators)
    Completion date
    May 2011
    Energy production
    Gunning Wind Farm can power 23,250 homes annually
    Projected COEmission benefit 
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    Job Creation
    100 manufacturing and installation jobs were created during the construction phase. A number of operations and maintenance roles will exist throughout the operation of the wind farm
    Project value
    A$147M
     

    Key Features

    The Gunning Wind Farm has an electrical substation, access tracks to each turbine, an operation and maintenance facility and 17.4km of underground cabling. A 14km 132kV transmission line was also constructed to connect the wind farm to the existing Yass-Goulburn transmission line.

    Prior to development of the site ACCIONA Energy and independent consultants identified how best to utilise the wind farm site and identified constraints. Areas of study included flora and fauna, cultural heritage, sound, visual aspects and vehicle access.

     

    Benefits

    • Clean energy equivalent to the consumption of around 23,250 homes anually.
    • More tha 100 jobs created in the construction phase.
    • Areas of study included flora and fauna, cultural heritage, sound, visual aspects and vehicle access.

    Current Status

    The turbines at Gunning.
    A new 132kV transmission line has been constructed to connect the wind farm to the existing 132kV Yass-Goulburn transmission line. Electricity is generated from turbines at 12kV and is then stepped up at a substation to 132kV to match the existing Yass-Goulburn voltage before connection can be made to the grid.

    Transmision line.
    A new 132kV transmission line has been constructed to connect the wind farm to the existing 132kV Yass-Goulburn transmission line. Electricity is generated from turbines at 12kV and is then stepped up at a substation to 132kV to match the existing Yass-Goulburn voltage before connection can be made to the grid.

    Cultural heritage.
    Since construction of the Gunning Wind Farm was approved in 2004, ACCIONA Energy has undertaken additional cultural heritage surveys of the site. Potentially significant sites were identified and were sub surface tested. Ten artefacts were identified. The transmission line was also surveyed. All artefacts were identified artefacts were salvaged and relocated in accordance with the Aboriginal Affairs Guidelines. No heritage sites were impacted by the wind farm.

     

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