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Rye Park to be NSW’s largest wind farm

News - 01 September 2021


Rye Park Wind Farm, which is being developed by the combined Tilt Renewables and Powering Australian Renewables (PowAR) business, will be the largest wind farm in NSW with capacity of up to 396 megawatts. Lumea will provide connection services over the life of the project.

It is one of the first wind farms to reach financial close in 2021, and is expected to reach commercial operations in Q1 2024, as many coal-fired stations are scheduled to close.

Located near the Rye Park township north of Yass in the Southern Tablelands, the sixty-six turbine wind farm is expected to: 

  • produce energy to power approximately 215,000 homes per year with renewable energy
  • offsett 960,000 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to removing 300,000 cars from the road each year

Lumea will build, own and operate the connection infrastructure required to connect the wind farm to the National Energy Market over the life of the project, with construction beginning on site in Q4 of 2021 under a multi contract structure alongside with Tilt Renewables and delivery partners Vestas and Zenviron.  

Lumea’s Chief Executive Officer Richard Lowe said “We’re tremendously excited about the development at Rye Park which will accelerate our role in meeting Australia’s challenge to transition the energy sector, coming online right as various coal-fired power stations are scheduled to close.”

“We are very pleased to be able to continue our long-standing relationship with our trusted delivery partners, Vestas and Zenviron, and to further enhance our relationship with Lumea given the strategic importance of the RPWF and our pipeline of development opportunities in NSW. The RPWF will be coming online very soon after the foreshadowed closure of the Liddell Power Station in NSW, supporting the transition to a cost-effective, clean energy system and helping the State reach its important energy and environmental ambitions,” said PowAR Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Dutaillis.

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