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The Rye Park Wind Farm is located to the north of Yass and east of Boorowa, New South Wales, on the edge of the Southern Tablelands and the South West Slopes in the vicinity of the township of Rye Park.

Project Overview

The wind farm site is located 11 kilometres north-east of Yass, New South Wales on predominately stock farming land.

The site has been selected for its exposed windy ridges, cleared grazing land and proximity to the national electricity grid.

The wind farm will be up to 92 wind turbines with a maximum tip height of 157 meters.

The wind farm connects to the National Electricity Market via TransGrid’s 330kV Yass to Gullen Range Line via a new 330kV Connection Substation.

Please find maps of the project below:

-        Wind Farm and Transmission Connection Overview

The Rye Park Wind Farm project was initially developed by Epuron beginning in 2008, when the first monitoring mast was installed.

Further details about the project, including updates and copies of our newsletters and FAQs can be found below.

Project Details

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.

Tilt Renewables is committed to open and honest dialogue with all stakeholders, with an aim to build and enhance community acceptance and trust in all projects and in the renewable energy industry as a whole.

We welcome your feedback if you have any concerns and are happy to assist with any questions you may have about the project.

We are also committed to providing financial support to the local community through community benefit programs. Tilt Renewables have committed to a community benefit fund that will be implemented when the project becomes operational.

The program will provide funds for community projects and initiatives in the area and will be administered by an independent community group. The fund will consist of $2,500 per turbine per annum of which at least 20% of the total scheme will be allocated to educational needs.

A Community Consultative Committee (CCC) has been established for the project and has met regularly since 2012.

Copies of the previous CCC meeting minutes can be found here.

A wind farm brings many direct opportunities for employment to the region during both the construction phase and ongoing operations once the wind farm is commissioned. 

Flow on employment benefits will also be achieved as the project brings demand for local business services and consumer goods.

A range of services that may be required by the wind farm project include:

  • Domestic scale electricians;
  • Transport operators;
  • Competent machine operators;
  • General labourers;
  • Quarries; and
  • Concrete businesses

To register interest in providing goods or services for the project please click here and complete the form. 

Alternatively, you can contact us using our details provided below.

For further information on the Rye Park Wind Farm please contact the project team at [email protected] or on 1800 839 661.

If you have a complaint, please contact us at [email protected] or on 1800 306 118.

You can find Tilt Renewables' Complaints Handling Procedure here.

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