Council has recognised the need for, and growing local interest in, alternative and renewable energy sources. Energy generated from wind farms and small wind turbines is one such renewable source.
The White Rock Wind Farm is to be located in the New England Tablelands region of New South Wales, approximately 24 kilometres west of Glen Innes, New South Wales and 47km east of Inverell. It is classified as State Significant Development and has been assessed and approved under Part3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 for which the Minister for Planning is the consent authority.
The Sapphire Wind Farm is to be located in the Kings Plains area of New South Wales, 18 kilometres west of Glen Innes and 28 kilometres east of Inverell, New South Wales. The project which will comprise 75 x Vestas V126 3.6 MW wind turbine generators will commence construction in late 2016. The proposed 75 wind turbines will be 200 m to blade tip and occupy freehold land within and adjacent to agricultural areas.