AGL Energy has commenced construction on the 200MW Silverton Wind Farm in north-west NSW, near Broken Hill.

Project manager Adam Mackett said construction had started on time and as expected.

“The level of investment and job creation with this project will result in significant flow-on benefits to Silverton and the wider regional economy,” Mackett said.

“Construction of the $450 million wind farm involves the creation of up to 150 jobs at the peak of construction. Many of these jobs we hope to source from local expertise who helped to successfully deliver the Broken Hill Solar Plant.”

The wind farm will be the largest in NSW, with 58 GE 3.43-130 wind turbines turning out around 780,000MWh of renewable energy a year – enough to power about 137,000 average Australian homes, he said.

The Silverton Wind Farm is the first greenfield development for the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF) and is targeted to be fully operational by the middle of 2018. It is being delivered by a joint-venture consisting of GE and CATCON.

The renewable energy produced from the wind farm will reduce emissions by 655,000 tonnes annually, which is the equivalent of taking 192,000 cars off the road each year.

AGL will host the next Silverton Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee meeting to update the community on progress and answer any questions about the project on Thursday May 25.