Jupiter Wind Farm
The Jupiter Wind Farm is a State Significant Development that will have the potential to generate up to 350 megawatts of electricity, which is enough clean energy to power up approximately, 150,000 homes. It is EPYC’s most advanced wind farm project in Australia and, if approved, will contribute significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
The proposed project area for the Jupiter Wind Farm is located in the Southern Tablelands region of NSW, approximately 40km from Goulburn and 6km south-east of the Tarago township. The site extends south along the Braidwood-Goulburn Road and beyond the Kings Highway. It is situated across two Local Government Areas; Goulburn Mulwaree and Palerang. A large portion of the area under investigation is clear and predominantly used for grazing and other agricultural activities. This location was identified by specialist consultants as a prospective wind farm development site based on its potential wind regime, accessibility to the electricity grid, as well as the road access to the area.
The project received the Director General’s Requirements (DGR), now known as the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEAR), in January 2014. The development proposal for Jupiter Wind Farm as stated in the DGR/SEARs included 100 wind turbine generators, however through assessment and consultation this number has been reduced to 88 turbines with the capacity to generate up to 350MW of electricity. More information regarding the DGR/SEARs can be found on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) website.
Due to the estimated size and cost of the proposed wind farm project it is recognised as a State Significant Development (SSD) under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act).The proposed wind farm, if approved, will generate significant economic activity within the region during the construction and operational phase, with an expected capital investment value of approximately $300 million. Local infrastructure improvements and other community infrastructure facilities will form part of the project.
The proposed project area originally under investigation for the Jupiter Wind Farm was approximately 12,000 hectares. Following the finalization of the project boundary, the area under investigation has been reduced to approximately 5,000 hectares. Detailed assessments are well underway within the proposed project area and surrounding areas.
The latest map with the turbine locations can be found here.