To the community of Granite Hills Wind Farm,
As most are aware, COVID-19 continues to have a significant global impact on most, if not all, industries. The pandemic has placed extreme financial pressures on international organisations, causing increased uncertainty for all businesses. Akuo Energy is headquartered in France, where the pandemic has been particularly severe and as a result impacted global operations.
As a consequence of this increased business uncertainty, Akuo is currently not actively pursuing the Granite Hills Wind Farm project.
Notice of this has been communicated to the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE).
Issue 8 – Community Newsletter is now available to read and download here.
Akuo Energy has announced an updated and improved turbine layout for the 132MW State Significant Development Granite Hills Wind Farm, which is proposed to be built 12km from Nimmitabel. The layout was revised following detailed consultation with neighbours, local community members, independent environmental specialists, State departments and other crucial advisors such as telecommunication infrastructure owner Broadcast Australia. Read the full story here.
The project team is working closely with the independent specialists to progress Granite Hills Wind Farm, even in these uncertain times, given its significance to the State of New South Wales and the energy security of the State. Subject to delay, the studies for the EIS are expected to be finalised near the end of 2020 with the submission available for public review and feedback in about May 2021.
Granite Hills was grateful for the opportunity to donate funds to the local Nimmitabel Rural Fire Service to support their ongoing initiatives in keeping the community safe throughout the 2019/2020 bushfire season. Our absolute thanks and respect goes to the men and women involved in the fire efforts.
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Granite Hills Wind Farm is going the extra mile to keep the community updated on the project’s progress, putting community relations at the forefront of everything they are now doing to develop the wind farm. Given a wind farm becomes part of the community’s infrastructure for 25 years or more, their renewed focus on communication is expected to be well received. To read the full media release click here.
Issue 5 – Community Newsletter is now available to read and download here.
The Granite Hills Wind Farm Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are available here. FAQs provide guidance on commonly asked questions.
The comprehensive bird studies are due to be finalised in late April. Considerable work is underway on the electricity network connection and telecommunications to ensure local communications will be as good, or even better then they currently are once Granite Hills Wind Farm is constructed.