TWO renewable energy projects slated for the Upper Hunter are spearheading the region’s transition away from coal to a low-carbon economy.
The Newcastle Herald is reporting a proposed 250 megawatt wind farm at Bowman’s creek east of Muswellbrook and a 25 megawatt solar farm on the site of the former Drayton colliery would provide power to more than 100,000 homes when operational.
Renewable energy company Epuron, which is behind the Bowman’s Creek wind farm project, has approval for eight wind farms across the state that have a combined output of 4000 megawatts.
The company is completing a feasibility study into the 70 to 80 turbine Hunter project, which is likely to be valued at about $550 million.
It is estimated the project would generate about 50 jobs during construction.