To gain approval to build the Delburn wind farm the project requires planning permits under the provisions of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
The Minister for Planning is the responsible authority for assessing and determining if a planning permit should be issued for Renewable Energy Facilities with an installed capacity of 1 megawatt or greater and for Utility Installations used to store, transmit or distribute electricity generated by a renewable energy facility with an installed capacity of 1 megawatt or greater.
The Project sought approval for the following components in total across four planning permit applications:
As the project straddles three municipal council areas; Latrobe, Baw Baw and South Gippsland, three separate planning permits are required for the development of a Wind Energy Facility. The planning permit application report for the Delburn Wind Farm addresses the requirements of all three permit applications in a single document.
The application for a battery energy storage system facility was not approved by the Planning Minister.
The geographic breakdown of the works required for the Wind Energy Facility is set out below:
South Gippsland (PA2001066)
Baw Baw (PA2001064)
one wind turbine;
access tracks (both upgrades to existing tracks and new tracks);
underground cabling between turbines;
one permanent anemometer; and
0.083 of hectares native vegetation clearance.
A fourth permit is required for a Utility Facility (the terminal station) to allow connection to the Hazelwood to Rowville 220 kV line at the northern end of the site located in Latrobe.
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