Sapphire Wind Farm, NSW

The Sapphire Wind Farm is located 18 km west of Glen Innes, in the New England region of northern NSW. It is the largest wind farm in New South Wales and has helped the ACT Government meet its target of 100% renewables in 2020 by providing a long term power purchase agreement.

Key Project Info

Wind Turbines:

75 x Vestas 3.6MW (137m hub height)

Commercial Operations:

November 2018

Maximum Capacity:

270 MW

Annual Output:

836 GWHs

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$3.75m
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Sapphire
Community Fund
Giving $3.75M Back
to the community

The Community Fund is one of Sapphire Wind Farm’s commitments to give back to the community in a tangible and long-term way. The fund is split between the Inverell Shire Council and the Glenn Innes Severn Council based on the number of turbines installed in each area.

Two of the seventy-five turbines are in the Glenn Innes Severn Council area. Sapphire Wind Farm contributes $5k annually to the Glenn Innes Council community fund. The remaining annual contribution of $182.5k is allocated to the S355 Sapphire Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund set up for the Inverell local government area which is administrated by the Inverell Shire Council.

Inverell Shire Council applications are taken in two rounds each year. Local non-profits can request funding for the purchase of small equipment and infrastructure, renovation and rehabilitation projects, and assistance with new programs and events.

The full list of the funding recipients can be found here: https://inverell.nsw.gov.au/bu...

Round 2 of the 2021 Community Fund opens on Monday, 16 August 2021. Information on how to apply will be published in due course.

CWP Renewables in the community

Rural Fire Service fire shed

Kings Plains RFS is one of the many community manned volunteer rural fire stations located in the New England region of NSW. The station along with many of the volunteers are direct neighbours of the Sapphire Wind Farm. The location of the fire shed along with the extraordinary community spirit within the local area has attributed to the great relationship that exists between Sapphire Wind Farm, the local community and the Kings Plains RFS.

As well as the day to day RFS activities that he fire shed accommodate it is also used as a community facility hosting events such as numerous local landholder meetings including the annual Kings Plains Children’s Christmas Party.

Sapphire Wind Farm have been fortunate to be able to work together with the RFS on multiple occasions for tasks such as developing emergency response plans, training drills, controlled hazard reduction burns on our biobank property and of course the annual Christmas party.

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Sun protection for Elsmore Hall children

Elsmore Hall has seen a huge upgrade over the past year, thanks in part to funding from Sapphire Wind Farm and the federal government. The hall is the centrepiece of the local community that has served as a meeting place for the local community for more than 60 years.

A magnificent new playground, a seating area and solar panels were added through the Australian government’s Drought Communities Programme, however the improvements were incomplete without cover to protect children and parents from the sun.

Generous funding from the Sapphire Wind Farm community benefit fund provided the extra budget to purchase and install shade sails.

Construction of the playground, shade sails and other amenities was completed in July 2020. This is a great example of how the Community Benefit Fund can be used to improve and assist our local community.

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Sapphire Wind Farm open day

In 2018, Sapphire Wind Farm held an open day as part of the Clean Energy Council’s “National Wind Farm Open Day” initiative.

A family fun day was held at Victoria park in Inverell. Coach tours took visitors through spectacular rural scenery, past the substation and up to one of the wind turbines where there was an opportunity to view the turbine close-up and take photos. CWP Renewables staff were on hand to answer any questions.

At Victoria Park there was an exhibition area with stands hosted by CWP Renewables, TransGrid and Vestas. There was a free jumping castle and face painting for kids and steak and sausage sandwiches were provided by Westpac Rescue Helicopters Fundraisers through out the day.

More than 1,000 people attended the wind farm on the coach tour and an additional 1,000 people visited the information stands at Victoria Park.

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Our community approach

Consultative Committee

The purpose of a community consultative committee (CCC) is to provide a forum for open discussion.

It is a space for us to speak with representatives from the community, Inverell Shire and Glen Innes Severn Shire Councils and other stakeholders about specific matters relating to the project.

The CCC follows the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Community Consultative Committee Guidelines for State Significant Projects. Meeting minutes are provided below.

If you would like to get in touch with your local CCC member, please contact the Independent Chairperson:

Lisa Andrews:
lisaandrews.ic@gmail.com

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    Community investment

    We are proud to be pioneering Australia’s first, large-scale, public, community investment into a utility-scale wind farm. The Sapphire Wind Farm Community Co-investment allows members of the local community to invest in the Sapphire Wind Farm.

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    Publicly Available Documents

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    About CWP Renewables

    CWP Renewables is a renewable energy company that develops, operates and owns renewable energy assets in Australia. With proven experience and expertise across the project lifecycle, we work with local communities and our customers to lead the transition to Australia’s low-cost, low-emissions energy future.

    Contact

    Site Manager

    David Williamson
    Project Manager - Sapphire Wind Farm
    Email: info@sapphirewindfarm.com.au

    Mailing Address

    GPO Box 1858, Canberra ACT 2601

    Complaints and Issues Contact Point:

    Tel: +61 (2) 6100 2122

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