WORK on the controversial $361 million Boco Rock wind farm near Nimmitabel has started.
The wind farm is located 10km south west of Nimmitabel and 30km north of Bombala.
Boco Rock wind farm manager Adrian Oakey said on-site work started in the first week of August.
"Clearing for the construction of the site facilities on Avon Lake Road has started and clearing of internal roads will continue through to the end of October," Mr Oakey said.
"Right now the current activities for this first phase are establishing site facilities and roads which will take about three months," Mr Oakey said.
"We will be undertaking ecology surveys and pushing roads through the site.
"Any reptiles found needing protection [earless dragons] will be relocated as part of the reptile management plan."
There is approval for up to 122 wind turbines on 27 different properties, including those of landowners who will provide an easement for the power line from the turbines to the Essential Energy owned power lines at Steeple Flat.
Construction for the first phase of the Boco Rock wind farm is for 67 of the 122 approved wind turbine sites.
In 2010 approval for the wind farm was given at the state and federal level.
Mr Oakey said excavations for the turbine foundations is expected to start in November this year which will take about three to four months.
Cabling and electrical works and erection of the turbines will occur in 2014 and electricity will start to be generated in November / December 2014, with full production expected by February 2015.
Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly and project owners Electricity Generating Public Company Limited of Thailand (EGCO) and project participants Wind Prospect (CWP), General Electric and Downer (EDI) Limited, are meeting in Nimmitabel today (Tuesday) to mark the beginning of construction of the wind farm, which is expected to be completed by 2015, with power delivered to the grid from the end of 2014.