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The following information provides a summary of why we have applied for a modification to the approved Rye Park Wind Farm project.
The approved Rye Park Wind Farm (the Project) constitutes an approximate $700 million investment and is located to the west of Rye Park, to the north-west of Yass and south-east of Boorowa, in New South Wales. The Modification Application has been prepared to request the modification to the Project Development Consent State Significant Development (SSD) 6693 (Development Consent) under section 4.55(2) of the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act).
Development Consent was granted, by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC, now known as the Independent Planning Commission), on 22 May 2017, for the construction, operation and decommissioning of up to 92 wind turbines with a maximum tip height of 157 metres and associated infrastructure. In the years since the original Development Consent were determined, there have been significant advances in wind turbine technology. The application to modify the Development Consent (Modification Application) has been pursued in order to take advantage of these technology changes and to provide greater certainty with regards to the constructability of the Project.
What modifications are being proposed?
The Proposed Modifications being sought in the Modification Application include:
Why have we prepared the Modification Application?
The Proposed Modifications are required to enable the Project to utilise improvements in wind energy technology to enable significantly more renewable energy production to be achieved with fewer, larger wind turbines and to reflect the outcomes of the ongoing design optimisation and assessment carried out as the Project progresses towards construction.
The justification for the Proposed Modifications and the associated benefits can be summarized as follows:
What assessments does the Modification Application consider, and what did they find?
A detailed assessment of the key impacts of the Proposed Modifications has been undertaken by technical specialists and included as part of the Modification Application.
The assessments focused on the potential change in impacts compared with the Approved Project. The assessments have also taken into consideration the relevant environmental issues identified in the Original Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Response to Submissions (RTS). The following table summarises changes to impacts, mitigation strategies and Development Consent conditions:
The assessments prepared confirm that the Proposed Modification will result in some increased impacts but that most of these impacts may continue to be appropriately managed by the existing mitigation measures under the Development Consent conditions and the statement of commitments.
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