Cullerin Range Wind Farm
- Origin’s first owned and operated wind farm
- Fully operational July 2009
- First significant wind farm to be fully operational in NSW
- 100 per cent renewable and emissions free energy generation
- Can produce enough renewable energy to power more than 15,000 homes*
Cullerin Range Wind Farm is Origin’s first wind farm and also the first significant wind farm to become fully operational in New South Wales. The 30 MW wind farm generates renewable and emissions free energy, therefore playing an important part in Origin’s energy generation strategy for the future.
The NSW Department of Planning granted Project Approval to Epuron for the Cullerin Range Wind Farm on 21 February 2007. In January 2008, Origin acquired the development rights from Epuron to build the 30 MW Cullerin Range Wind Farm. Immediately following this, construction of the wind farm began.
Cullerin Range Wind Farm became fully operational on 1 July 2009.
Cullerin Range Wind Farm is located 12km east of the township of Gunning, 30 km west of Goulburn in southern New South Wales.
100 per cent renewable power generation
Cullerin Range Wind Farm produces enough energy to provide power to 15,000 homes*. The farm consists of 15, 2 MW wind turbines. In producing power from 100 per cent renewable energy (e.g. the wind), Cullerin Range will help avoid the production of approximately 100,000 tonnes of carbon annually** and in turn help to lower NSW’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Cullerin Range Wind Farm also helps support the growing demand for Origin’s GreenPower, which is electricity generated from accredited renewable sources. We are the largest green energy provider in Australia with more than 500,000 accredited GreenPower and GreenGas accounts.
Powering Cullerin Range Wind Farm
Cullerin Range has an extremely good wind resource. Wind turbines capture wind energy within the area swept by their 45m long blades. The blades in turn drive an electrical generator to produce power, which goes into the National Electricity Market.
The wind towers are quite tall, reaching approximately 80m high.
For more information, please contact:
Community Relations Advisor
Phone: 1800 677 315
Address: Cullerin Range Wind Farm
RMB Lerida Road North
Cullerin NSW 2581
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* ** For more information see References provided
* Calculated based on 115,632 MWh per annum and average electricity consumption for NSW households of 7 MWh.
Sourced from 2008 study by the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal. (80KB)
** Based on 30 MW wind farm running for 8,760 hrs per annum with a capacity factor of 44 per cent, totalling 115,632 MWh per annum and a NSW electricity emissions factor of 0.89 tCO2e/MWh. NSW emissions factor sourced from: the Australian Government, Department of Climate Change, “National Greenhouse Account Factors”, November 2008.