White Rock Wind Farm

5 December 2016

Today, the local community of Glen Innes joined together with invited guests to celebrate the arrival of the first wind turbine blade for White Rock Wind Farm.  The blade, weighing around 15 tonnes and 59.5 metres in length, is the biggest wind turbine blade in Australia to date.

Adam Marshall MP, Member for Northern Tablelands and Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Renewable Energy joined the local community to celebrate the event.

‘This has been a great opportunity for members of the local community to experience first-hand the absolute size and scale of the turbines to be installed at the wind farm. Sharing opportunities like this with the community shows real community integration of the wind farm in the local area.’ Said Adam Marshall.

Construction of White Rock Wind Farm, the largest wind farm in NSW, commenced in May 2016 and is expected to be fully commissioned by the end of 2017.

John Titchen, Managing Director of Goldwind Australia, said the first blade delivery marks a significant milestone in the construction of the wind farm.

‘Work will now start on the installation of 70 turbines that will provide clean renewable energy to power approximately 75,000 homes, more than all the houses in the New England area.’

Construction of renewable energy projects drives significant economic benefit for local communities said John.

‘The White Rock project represents a real investment for the Glen Innes and Inverell area, in the vicinity of $30-$40 million is expected to be injected into the local economy during construction. Over 200 people have been involved during construction and a 10-15 local service team will be needed once the wind farm is operating.’

White Rock Wind Farm

14 October 2016

The first shipment of wind turbines destined for White Rock Wind Farm are due to arrive overnight at the Port of Newcastle, NSW. The shipment, consisting of 8 complete Goldwind 2.5 MW Wind Turbine Generators includes the biggest wind turbine blades to arrive in Australia to date. The 59.5m long blades were manufactured for Goldwind by Sinomatech Wind Power Blade Company.

“The 59.5m long wind turbine blades at White Rock Wind Farm will result in strong wind farm performance. Longer blades result in more energy being captured by the wind turbines. Roads and foundations are now being prepared at site ready for wind turbine installation.” said John Titchen, Managing Director of Goldwind Australia.

The blades and other turbine components will be stored temporarily at Newcastle Port and then transported more than 500km by road to White Rock Wind Farm by the specialist logistics company, Rex J Andrew Pty Ltd. This family owned and operated company was established in 1989 and has experience transporting wind turbine components for wind farm projects across NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

700 oversize loads of turbine components will be delivered from Newcastle, via the New England Highway to White Rock Wind Farm. It is planned to commence transportation in late November and continue into 2017.

“We will be actively engaging with communities that are located alongside the haulage route in the lead up to the commencement of transportation of turbine components. Rex J Andrews has carefully considered the best possible route for oversize and over mass deliveries to site and we will be working closely and carefully with the local community to minimise any impacts” said John.

White Rock Solar Farm

8 September 2016

White Rock Solar Farm is one of twelve projects to be awarded a grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) large-scale solar competitive funding round.

ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said “ARENA had been a driving force in bringing down costs and accelerating the commerciality of large-scale solar in Australia and has carried out a multiyear plan to build capacity in Australian supply chains and expertise over successive projects.”

John Titchen, Managing Director at Goldwind Australia, said “Goldwind Australia is very pleased that White Rock Solar has been selected by ARENA through their very competitive and professional selection process. ARENA plays an important role in driving innovation in the renewable energy industry. White Rock Solar is to be located in the New England Tablelands of NSW adjacent to White Rock Wind Farm which is currently under construction and already providing significant local economic benefits. We are work closely with the community and really appreciate community support for these projects. Both projects will contribute to meeting Australia’s renewable energy target.”

White Rock Solar Farm is planned to be a 20 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant located adjacent to the northern end of White Rock Wind Farm, 18 km west of Glen Innes. The development is a pioneering hybrid solar/wind renewable energy facility for the New England Tablelands. It is expected to generate around 46,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity in the first year of operation, enough to supply the equivalent of approximately 7,200 average NSW homes. The project is an investment of $45M with $6M expected to come from this grant.

In response to the ARENA large scale solar program, the project was accelerated and the development consent was secured in mid-June 2016. With the award of the ARENA grant, the project can now look towards commencing construction in early 2017 and being fully operational by the end of 2017.

White Rock Solar Farm is designed to benefit from sharing part of the wind farm infrastructure, including the grid connection, access tracks and some internal electrical cabling. The opportunity to share wind farm infrastructure maximises the use of available facilities without requiring construction of additional facilities elsewhere and co-location of the project potentially unlocks over $5 million of savings.

Gullen Solar Farm

25 July 2016

Goldwind Australia and New Gullen Range Wind Farm would like to jointly announce that Gullen Solar Farm achieved the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Financial Close Milestone on the 15th July 2016.

This means that the key prerequisites for ARENA funding to be committed have been met. Full Project Financial Close is expected to be reached in the coming weeks. This next step in the development of Gullen Solar Farm follows the award of the grant in July 2014 and planning consent that was approved on 22 June 2016. Construction is expected to commence in October 2016 with the project fully operational by June 2017.

Gullen Solar Farm will be a 10 MW AC solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant co-located on the Gullen Range Wind Farm, 16 km South West of Crookwell. The development is a pioneering hybrid solar/wind renewable energy facility for Australia. Gullen Solar Farm is designed to benefit from sharing part of the wind farm infrastructure, including the substation, grid connection and access tracks. The opportunity to share wind farm infrastructure maximises the use of available facilities without requiring construction of additional facilities elsewhere. Colocation of the project is assessed to unlock $6 million of savings. Furthermore these two forms of renewable energy complement each other well with this windfarm generating more during winter and the solar farm more during the summer.

The project is expected to generate around 22,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity in the first year of operation, enough to supply the equivalent of approximately 3,100 average NSW homes. The solar farm is initially planned to sell its power without a Power Purchase Agreement.

The solar farm requires a total investment of $26M. The project has been developed to date by Goldwind Australia but will be sold to New Gullen Range Wind Farm prior to Project Financial Close. Goldwind Australia will remain a key project partner. The main engineering, procurement and construction contract is proposed to be awarded to a partnership of Balance Utility Solutions Pty Ltd & Decmil Australia Pty Ltd. The project expects to employ up to 70 people on site at its peak and is looking to maximise local labour and suppliers for the project.

The funding consists of an investment of $6M from the windfarm, total bank finance of $10M, which is equally split between the finance arrangers National Australia Bank (NAB) and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and an ARENA grant of $10M.

John Gardner, VP Program at Goldwind Australia, said “This demonstration project is an important step for the colocation of Wind and Solar, which has never been done before in Australia at this scale. The majority shareholder in the Gullen Range Wind Farm, Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy commented “We are proud to be pushing into this exciting area with the assistance of Goldwind Australia.”

Goldwind Australia

22 June 2016

Goldwind welcomes the recent release of the preliminary report into the feasibility of a second Tasmanian interconnector by the Hon Warwick Smith AM.

As a wind power company, Goldwind is actively working to develop the latent potential of Tasmania’s wind projects. A second Tasmanian interconnector will allow more wind projects to be built in Tasmania and bring greater energy benefits to the National Electricity Market.

The $350m Cattle Hill Wind Farm in the central highlands of Tasmania is one project that will benefit from greater interconnectivity. Subject to achieving financial close, Cattle Hill Wind Farm is planning to install Goldwind permanent magnet direct drive turbines. The project is expected to employ over 150 staff during construction and have up to 15 permanent Goldwind maintenance staff. Whilst Cattle Hill is one of the most advanced projects in Tasmania, independent analysis shows that many other Tasmanian projects could be realised with a second interconnector to the mainland.

Goldwind is pleased to work with state and federal governments to unleash Tasmania’s renewable energy and economic potential.

White Rock Wind Farm

8 April 2016

Goldwind and CECEP Wind-Power Corporation (CECWPC) are pleased to announce that White Rock Wind Farm construction will start on site late in April 2016.

White Rock Wind Farm is located West of Glen Innes in the New England/Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia. CECWPC will purchase a 75% interest in White Rock Wind Farm with Goldwind retaining a 25% interest.

Li Shusheng, Chairman of the Board of CECWPC said “CECWPC is very pleased to have secured this opportunity to enter the Australian renewable energy market. The 175MW White Rock Wind Farm will be larger than any currently operating Wind Farm in NSW. The approvals, connection agreement and construction contracts are in place. The CECWPC and Goldwind investment will now enable construction to proceed.”

”The investment in White Rock Wind Farm is being made on the basis of the Australian Government’s legislated Renewable Energy Target. The clear support for this Law by the Australian Government and the Opposition has been an important factor in making this investment commitment. Goldwind will construct the 175MW White Rock Wind Farm utilising 70 of our advanced technology 2.5MW wind turbines. Goldwind and CECEPWC will work closely and carefully with the local community during the construction and subsequent operation of this significant wind farm.” said John Titchen, Managing Director of Goldwind Australia.
Goldwind Australia will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services to the project as well as Warranty Operations and Maintenance during the operations period.

TransGrid is engaged to establish the connection to the 132kV transmission system and construct a 132kV transmission line and substation on the project site. Fulton Hogan have been appointed to perform the main wind farm civil and electrical works as well as public road works associated with the project.

Once operating, White Rock Wind Farm will produce sufficient clean renewable energy to power approximately 75,000 homes and the project investment will exceed $400 million.

The White Rock project represents a significant investment for the Glen Innes and Inverell area. Up to 200 people are expected to be involved during construction of the project and a 10-15 local service team will be needed once the wind farm is operating.

About CECWPC

China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group Wind-Power Corporation (CECWPC) is majority owned by the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP) which is China’s largest technology-based service group in the field of energy conservation, emission reduction and environmental protection. CECWPC was founded in 2006 and listed in Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2014, specialising in development, investment, management, construction and operation & maintenance of wind
power projects.

White Rock Solar Farm

14 January 2016

Goldwind Australia are proposing a 20MW solar development adjacent to the White Rock Wind Farm.

The development is planned to form a pioneering hybrid solar/wind renewable energy facility in the New England Tablelands. The proposed project has been shortlisted in the ARENA Advancing Renewables Programme, Largescale Solar Competitive Round.

The development is planned to comprise installation of a solar farm of approximately 20MW. Significant infrastructure is proposed to be shared with the wind farm, including the grid connection, access tracks and some internal electrical cabling. The potential for the solar farm to share infrastructure with the wind farm maximises the use of available facilities without requiring construction of additional facilities elsewhere. Colocation of the project potentially unlocks over $5 million of savings.

It is anticipated that around 46,000 megawatt hours (MWh) would be generated by the scheme each year, which is sufficient to power 6,300 NSW homes annually. Through use of local suppliers and contractors, the project would bring additional investment in the local economy in conjunction with White Rock Wind Farm.

The project is in early stages of development, with a number of sites adjacent to the wind farm under consideration. It is anticipated that approximately 50 hectares would be required by the solar infrastructure. The final site will be determined prior to submission of a Development Application, which is expected in the first quarter of 2016.

Environmental surveys are underway, and the results will inform the detailed design and impact assessment. The Development Application for the project will be submitted to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure along with supporting documents. The local councils and community will be consulted throughout the development process and kept informed of progress.

Assuming all necessary approvals are secured, construction of the solar farm is planned to start in early 2017.

The ARENA Large-scale Solar Competitive Round aims to support further cost reduction in large-scale photovoltaics (PV). ARENA has allocated $100 million in funding to support large-scale solar PV projects selected through the round. As a short listed project, White Rock Solar Farm will continue development activities and in tandem progress to the next stage of the ARENA application process.

Wind and solar generation are well matched based on the different sources of energy and generation throughout daily and yearly cycles.

John Gardner, Vice President Program at Goldwind Australia, said: “We are pleased to announce the proposal for a solar project at White Rock, which represents an innovative approach to hybrid renewable energy generation. We are looking forward to working with stakeholders, landowners and the community to further this exciting opportunity”.

 

White Rock Solar Farm

20 June 2016

Goldwind Australia is pleased to announce that White Rock Solar Farm was granted development consent by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment on the 14th June 2016.

John Titchen, Managing Director at Goldwind Australia, said “The solar farm will be an excellent complement to White Rock Wind Farm which commenced construction in May this year. We welcome this development consent being granted following the thorough and efficient NSW Department of Planning and Environment process. Goldwind recognises and welcomes the strong community support for solar and wind energy development in the Northern Tablelands – we see great potential in this region.”

Early this year White Rock Solar Farm was shortlisted in the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Large-Scale Solar Competitive grant program. If successful in the ARENA process, the project could commence construction from early 2017 and be operational by end of 2017.

White Rock Solar Farm is planned to be a 20 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant located adjacent to the northern end of White Rock Wind Farm, 18 km west of Glen Innes. The development is a pioneering hybrid solar/wind renewable energy facility for the New England Tablelands. It is expected to generate around 46,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity in the first year of operation, enough to supply the equivalent of approximately 7,200 average NSW homes.

White Rock Solar Farm is designed to benefit from sharing part of the wind farm infrastructure, including the grid connection, access tracks and some internal electrical cabling. The opportunity to share wind farm infrastructure maximises the use of available facilities without requiring construction of additional facilities elsewhere. Co-location of the project potentially unlocks over $5 million of savings.