Planning and Environment
The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Rye Park Wind Farm was lodged with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) in March 2014. A copy of the EA can be found here.
Since acquiring the project in 2014, Tilt Renewables undertook extensive additional site investigations and stakeholder consultation. As a result, a number of refinements were made to the site layout including a reduction in the number of turbines from 126 to 109 and adjustments to the locations of turbines, access tracks, powerlines and associated infrastructure.
A Response to Submissions report was lodged with DPE which was placed on public exhibition from 18 May 2016 to 23 June 2016. A copy of the report can be downloaded here.
The Project received planning approval for up to 92 turbines from the former NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC). A copy of the final approval and conditions can be downloaded here.
The Project also received approval under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) issued by the Department of the Environment and Energy in December 2017 (reference EPBC 2014/7163), and can be downloaded here.
During construction and operation of the wind farm there will be a number of activities required to comply with the PAC and EPBC Act approvals. These will include environmental compliance such as bird and bat monitoring, noise compliance monitoring and visual assessments to ensure compliance with the development consent requirements.