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Wind farm scale slashed in half  

Credit:  ABC News | www.abc.net.au 6 August 2012 ~~

The size of a proposed $1 billion wind farm near Boorowa has been cut in half.

Wind Prospect CWP has revised the plans for its Bango project following consultation with the public.

The senior development manager Adrian Maddocks says the company now hopes to build 100 turbines because houses have been built nearby.

He says the hopes the project will not suffer any more setbacks.

“The original project was going to be in the order to 200 turbines and it was actually going to connect into a bigger power line just north of Yass, so the smaller project now connects into a smaller line,” he said.

“So, essentially we’re looking at a $500 million or $600 million project and that’s half the size and so we’re expecting it will stay roughly in that shape and hopefully no more contraction.”

Mr Maddocks says the company will connect to a lower voltage transmission line than previously expected.

He says the revised layout will also fit in with the state government’s draft planning guidelines for wind farms.

“Clearly it’s an evolving process,” he said.

“Houses are constantly being built in this sort of area.

“There’s a very strong development of residential lots.

“So, the wind farm has to adapt to those sort of modifications.”

He says a community consultative committee will be established soon and an environmental assessment will be submitted to the Department of Planning within the next 12 to 15 months.

Source:  ABC News | www.abc.net.au 6 August 2012

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