Project Overview

The Project

The Winterbourne Wind Farm is a proposed renewable energy project in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales near the town of Walcha, about 425km from Sydney. The project will consist of up to 119 wind turbines, each with a maximum blade tip height of 230 metres and a combined maximum capacity of around 700 MW. The project is expected to generate approximately 2,100,000 megawatt hours (MWh) per year of clean, renewable energy — enough to power more than 375,000 average NSW homes for a year.

The wind farm will deliver renewable, low-cost energy to the National Electricity Market (NEM) and contribute to the NSW Government’s net-zero emissions target by 2050. The project will provide a significant amount of new generation capacity required as coal-fired power stations are retired over the next decade.

The origins of the project date back to 2001, when a group of local landowners conceived of a wind farm in the Walcha area. Vestas has been involved with the project since 2019 and is progressing project planning and approvals, with construction expected to start in 2023.

Project Video
Winterbourne Wind Video 1

At a Glance

Over $1 billion investment in the New England region

Wind Turbine

Up to 119 turbines, totalling around 700MW generating capacity

Up to 400 new construction jobs and around 15 long-term operations jobs

Transmission Tower

Around 50 km of new 330kV transmission line infrastructure

affordable clean energy

Enough annual energy generation to power over 375,000 NSW homes

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