About the project
The proposed Bullawah wind farm near Hay in NSW will have an installed capacity of up to 1000MW that will generate clean green renewable energy to power 500,000 homes. A battery facility on site will allow for the capture and storage of dispatchable energy.
The power generated either direct from the turbines or released from battery storage will feed into the electricity grid via the proposed Project EnergyConnect transmission line.
The project includes 170 wind turbines, with a maximum blade-tip height of 300m above the ground.
During the scoping report and environmental impact statement preparation phase, technical studies will be undertaken and their outcomes as well as community input will inform the wind farm design.
To learn more about the BayWa team who are developing the project, please meet the team.
- Diversifying the local economy
- A community benefit fund
- 400 jobs during construction, 40 jobs during operation
- Business opportunities for local suppliers
- Economic multiplier effect for local economy
- Significant investment in local infrastructure
- Renewable energy to power 500,000 homes
BayWa r.e is working with residents of Hay, Deniliquin, Coleambally, Darlington Point and surrounds throughout the development stage. We have supported a range of community initiatives since 2022, including the Hay Business Awards, Hay Show, Country Education Foundation of Coleambally/Darlington Point and Edward River. We supported an additional 13 organisations through the 2023 Community Grants Program. BayWa will continue to share information about the project and contribute to community benefit sharing schemes throughout the development and construction process.
If you are a local business and would like to register for updates on future opportunities, please email bullawah-windfarm(at)baywa-re.com
Bullawah Community Grants Program
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2023 Bullawah Community Grants Program. We will run another community grants round in 2024, so please subscribe to our newsletter if you would like more information.
We are pleased to announced the following recipients of the 2023 Bullawah Community Grants Program:
|Deniliquin Local Aboriginal Land Council||Sponsorship of kayaking event||$2,500.00|
|Deniliquin North School P&C||Purchase of new trailer||$4,000.00|
|Hay Amateur Swimming Club||Purchase of timing equipment||$2,000.00|
|Hay Little Athletics||Purchase of uniforms||$1,838.20|
|Hay Magpies Rugby League club||Purchase of first aid equipment||$1,500.00|
|Hay Aboriginal Medical Service||Contribution towards art mural||$2,500.00|
|St Mary's School||Sponsorship of Christmas fete BBQ||$1,500.00|
|Hayland Gathering||Sponsorship of 2024 event||$2,000.00|
|Hay Show Society||Purchase of new office equipment||$1,300.00|
|Coleambally Rescue||Purchase of medical equipment||$2,500.00|
|Coleambally AFL||Purchase of sporting equipment||$4,348.30|
|Coleambally School P&C||Sponsorship of careers day||$4,000.00|
|Griffith Local Aboriginal Land Council||Sponsorship of Survival Day event||$5,000.00|
Project development & location
Bullawah Wind Farm development is well underway. The scoping report is complete and the Environmental Impact Statement will be submitted in 2024. The development will include:
- Internal access roads and upgrades to existing access roads, and access points from public roads
- Hardstand and laydown area used for wind turbine installation and storage of wind turbine components
- Infrastructure to connect to the Project EnergyConnect transmission line
- Temporary and permanent meteorological monitoring masts
- Operations and maintenance building
- Temporary infrastructure including construction compound and site office buildings, storage areas and concrete batching plants
Bullawah scoping report
The Bullawah Scoping Report was completed in October 2022. It is available on the NSW Government website. The report was prepared by the BayWa r.e. Projects Australia team with support from Umwelt Environmental & Social Consultants.
It is an early part of the State Significant Development (SSD) application process under which the project is being assessed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE). Among other things the report describes the project in simple terms, takes in early community views, describes a community engagement plan, and identifies matters for further assessment in our Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
It also identifies environmental, social and economic matters of relevance to the project to inform the preparation of the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). The SEARs identifies specific assessment considerations relevant to the Bullawah project that must also be addressed in our EIS. The next key step is preparing the EIS to accompany our SSD application.