The Planning Permit Application public exhibition period has been completed and submissions are with the Minister who is the Responsible Authority for wind farms in Victoria. The Minister will review the submissions and the applicants response with a view to issuing a Notice of Decision in late Jan or early Feb 2018. Progress can be monitored and any decision will be published on the DELWP web site here.
The latest Victorian Government Wind Energy Facility Planning Guidelines applicable to new wind farm applications can be viewed here.
PROJECT HISTORICAL TIMETABLE
- 2004 – Original Fact Sheet released.
- 2004 - Minister determined as the Responsible Authority for Wind Energy Facilities.
- 2005 Revised Fact Sheet released
- 2005 - Panel Hearing convened.
- 2006 – Ministers approval as Responsible Authority.
- 2007/8 - Wind Monitoring ongoing.
- 2009 – Minister extends completion date.
- 2011 – Endorsed Development Plans lodged.
- 2012 - An application to VCAT to review time expiry on Development Plans;
- 2013 - VCAT determines 2km applicable.
- 2014 - decision not to appeal.
- 2015 - new Victorian Government repeals 2km setback to 1km.
- 2016 - VRET announced at 25% by 2020 and 40% by 2025 needing a new build of 5400MW.
- 2017 - Application for 12 turbine development submitted in September and on public display December.
The newer wind turbine generators while taller, are much more efficient and quieter than those contemplated when the project was first permitted in 2007. The newer turbines will offer a substantially reduced long term levelised cost of energy and could see Victoria secure some of the cheapest long term 100% green energy and LGC prices in Australia while facilitating investment in the State and creating jobs in regional and rural Victoria.
The Naroghid Wind Farm summary stats are as follows:
- has an excellent wind resource;
- has over 10 years of collected wind data;
- has modeled capacity factors of over 40%;
- is located on intensively farmed land;
- on-site surveys have verified is of low sensitivity in terms of ecologically significant flora and fauna;
- is in an area of relatively low population density;
- will put in place a Community Engagement Committee for ongoing community consultation and communications particularly during construction;
- has been reduced from 21 turbines to up to 12;
- will make use of the latest available turbine technology to minimize noise and be highly efficient;
- has completed initial connection studies pending final turbine selection;
- has both 66kV (favoured) and 220kV connection options available on site;
- is proposing to introduce an innovative new approach for a community fund;
- is targeting bidding into the early rounds of the recently announced Victorian Government new Renewable Energy Target in 2017. Premier’s announcement here.