Australian-owned renewable energy company Someva Renewables has commenced the environmental impact assessment process on its proposed 150 Megawatt (MW) Coonerang Wind Farm in NSW’s Snowy-Monaro region. The milestone comes after more than two years of comprehensive feasibility studies and community engagement which has seen the project receive Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARS) from the NSW Government.
The Coonerang Wind Farm is forecast to generate enough clean, affordable and reliable renewable energy to power over 62,000 Australian homes. If approved, construction is expected to commence by 2026 with the project estimated to deliver up to 144 full-time jobs during construction, and a further 15 full-time jobs in operation.
Commenting on the commencement of the environmental assessment process, Someva’s Managing Director, Jamie Chivers said it was an important part of Someva’s co-design process.
“We’re excited about this next phase for the Coonerang Wind Farm which has the potential to boost the local economy, build on the region’s contribution to the energy transition and supply much needed clean electricity to the grid,” said Mr Chivers.
“We have been working closely with the local community for some time and are committed to continuing to listen and collaborate on the co-design of the Coonerang Wind Farm. Our goal is an industry-leading wind farm that delivers for the community by safeguarding the local environment and providing an economic boost for local landholders and residents of the region.”
“Over the last two years, our planning and community co-design process has already led to adjustments in the layout of turbines at the site. The commencement of the formal environmental assessment process is another opportunity for us to listen to the local community and ensure their perspectives, priorities and insights are incorporated into the project, where feasible,” said Mr Chivers.
The environmental impact assessment process will be conducted in consultation with the community and leading environmental consultants, and will see Someva undertake in-depth technical, engineering and environmental studies on the proposed Coonerang Wind Farm development.
During the initial stage of the environmental assessment, Someva will continue to engage with First Nations groups, council, local special interest groups and landholders located within an eight-kilometre radius of the proposed site. Someva is also calling on locals to complete an online survey, as part of the assessment process.
The engagement and results of the online survey will help Someva understand how it can best mitigate potential environmental impacts from the development. A final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be submitted for public consultation in late 2024.
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