NSW Small Wind Turbine: Consumer Guide

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NSW Small Wind Turbine Consumer Guide

Prepared by: Enhar Sustainable Energy Solutions Email: info@enhar.com.au www.enhar.com.au Disclaimer The content of this publication is provided for information purposes. To the extent permitted by law, Enhar does not accept any liability for loss or damages incurred as a result of reliance placed upon the content of this publication. This publication is provided on the basis that all persons accessing it undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content. Front page photo: courtesy of Rewind Energy Pty. Ltd. Development of this Guide This Guide was authored by Enhar during the period October-November 2010. It is an adaptation of the Victorian Consumer Guide to Small Wind Turbine Generation [Ref 1] prepared for Sustainability Victoria by Enhar. Sustainability Victoria provided permission for its content to be used for this Guide; this permission is gratefully acknowledged. The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) commissioned Enhar to revise this guide for the context of New South Wales, taking into account differences in feed in tariffs, development guidelines and installer contact details, plus accounting for new developments in wind turbine installer accreditation requirements which are effective nationally. As part of the development of this Guide, a NSW Small Wind Industry Roundtable event was held on 15 November 2010 in Sydney. Invitees to this event included small wind turbine manufacturers, wind turbine installers, industry and trade associations, training organisations, skills councils and owners of small wind turbine systems. Feedback was taken from the attendants on the content of this Guide and a consultation was held on a draft of this document. In May 2011, this Guide was updated to reflect recent changes to the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme and recent changes to NSW planning provisions relating to small wind turbines. These updates to the document were undertaken by OEH. Acknowledgements Enhar acknowledges contributions from the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DoP&I) to Chapter 4 on Planning Approval, including text and materials that have been directly used in this Guide. The NSW DOP&I also provided case study materials that have been used in this Guide. Wind turbine installers and wind turbine owners also kindly provided data for these case studies. Enhar also acknowledges data input provided by OEH, including analysis of retail electricity price projections in NSW, and input from the Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure & Services. Published by: Office of Environment and Heritage 59-61 Goulburn Street. PO Box A290, Sydney South 1232 Ph: (02) 9995 5000 (switchboard) Ph. 131 555 (environment information and publications requests) Fax: (02) 9995 5999 TTY: (02) 9211 4723 Email: info@environment.nsw.gov.au OEH 2011/0449 Printed on 100% recycled paper © Copyright State of NSW and the Office of Environment and Heritage NSW. With the exception of photographs, the Office of Environment and Heritage is pleased to allow this material to be reproduced in whole or in part for educational and non-commercial use, provided the meaning is unchanged and its source, publisher and authorship are acknowledged. Specific permission is required for the reproduction of photographs. Website: www.environment.nsw.gov.au ISBN 978 1 74293 265 1 10 June 2010

Table of contents
List of figures List of tables Glossary Quick Guide Chapter 1. Chapter 2. Chapter 3. Chapter 4. Chapter 5. Chapter 6. Chapter 7. Appendix A Appendix B 4 4 4 6 8 12 21 38 42 51 61

Introduction Assessing your site Choosing a turbine Planning approvals Installation Case studies References and further reading Small Wind Project Checklist List of small wind turbine suppliers List of small wind turbine products List of small wind turbine installers in NSW


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