Bango Wind Farm set to help power major toll roads

Bango Wind Farm set to help power major toll roads

Bango Wind Farm, near Boorowa, along with Sapphire Wind Farm, will soon be providing power to major toll-roads in NSW.

Transurban, one of the world's largest toll-road operators, builds and operates toll roads in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, as well as in Canada and the USA.

An Australian owned company, in 2017-2018 Transurban was number 168 of the biggest electricity users in Australia.

With a target of 50 per cent greenhouse gas reductions by 2030, Transurban recently announced the company is closer to this target, signing 10-year Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with the Bango and Sapphire Wind Farms to provide power to toll-roads.

The company also signed a similar agreement with a Queensland wind farm to provide electricity to major Brisbane roads.

From 2021, in NSW, Bango and Sapphire Wind Farms will provide 80 per cent of the electricity needed for Sydney's Eastern Distributor, Cross City Tunnel, Hills M2, Lane Cove Tunnel and WestConnex (including the New M4, M8 and M5 East Tunnels).

According to CWP Renewables, for NSW, it is equivalent of supplying nearly 20,000 Australian homes with electricity annually, or the same as planting (about) three million new trees each year.

This move will save 89,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year in NSW and about 35 tonnes in Queensland, a substantial saving.

"As an industry leader, we set high standards for our performance on social and environmental issues, and we invest in both to create social inclusion and manage our environmental impacts," Transurban said on their website.

"Our move to renewable energy is just one way we're taking action to reduce our impact on the environment."

"CWP Renewables congratulates Transurban on its initiative to power its roads from renewable energy," CWP Renewables CEO, Jason Willoughby said.

"And we are proud that the Sapphire and Bango wind farms will be the major suppliers to its NSW projects."

The Sapphire Wind Farm has been in operation since 2018 and Bango Wind Farm, while still under construction, will begin to generate electricity by the end of 2020.

In was announced in early August that key components for the Bango Wind Farm are on their way, with 46 of the turbines due to be imported through Port Kembla over the next six months.

Turbine deliveries to the wind farm, located 16 kilometres south of Boorowa on the Lachlan Valley Way, are expected to continue through to the end of December 2020.

Upon arrival at the construction site, each General Electric (GE) Cypress 5.3MW wind turbine will be assembled to its full height of 200m.