Location

Piambong, NSW

The Piambong Wind Farm development is located approximately about 20 kilometres north west of Mudgee and about 20 kilometres south east of Gulgong, in Central West New South Wales.

The proposed Project area covers approximately 8,800 hectares. Only a small fraction of this is expected to be disturbed during construction. The Project will be largely compatible with existing agricultural practices.

The Project will be constructed on freehold land within the Mid-Western Regional Local Government Area. The land to be used for the Project will be secured under lease agreements with local landholders.

What is a Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) ?

Renewable Energy Zones (REZs) are modern-day power stations. They combine renewable energy generation such as wind and solar, storage such as batteries, and high-voltage poles and wires to deliver energy to the homes, businesses and industries that need it. By connecting multiple generators and storage in the same location, REZs capitalise on economies of scale to deliver affordable, reliable and clean electricity for NSW.

Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone

The Piambong Wind Farm is located within the Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone (CWO REZ), which was formally declared on 5 November 2021. The declaration includes an initial intended network capacity of 3 gigawatts (GW). Network capacity in a REZ is the maximum amount of power that can be transferred from renewable energy generated and stored within the REZ to the NSW transmission system.

The NSW Network Infrastructure Strategy released by EnergyCo in May 2023 identifies a need to increase network capacity in REZs across the state in response to increasing demand for electricity. The strategy outlines options to increase the network capacity of the Central-West Orana REZ from 3GW up to 4.5GW initially under Stage 1, and around 6GW by 2038 under Stage 2.

The Project is located in close proximity to both the existing network and proposed new high-voltage transmission lines. This reduces the need for extensive new infrastructure to enable a connection to the grid.

For more information on the CWO REZ, please click HERE

Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone
An Ambitious Target for reducing renewable emissions

What are the benefits of Renewable Energy Zones?

The Renewable Energy Zones are expected to deliver multiple benefits for NSW, including:

Excellent Wind Resource

Vestas has identified the Piambong area for its strong wind resource. We are using a range of innovative instrumentation and data analysis techniques to model the wind characteristics at site.