NSW Approves 165 MW Solar Farm

Australia’s New South Wales Independent Planning Commission Gives Go-Ahead To Photon Energy’s 165 MW Solar Farm In Gunnedah; Construction Expected To Commence In Q4/2019
07:21 PM (Beijing Time) - 13. March 2019

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment had forwarded the proposal for the Gunnedah Solar Farm to the state’s Independent Planning Commission as it received over 25 public objections. Now, the project has been cleared. (Photo Credit: NSW Department of Planning and Environment)

Key Takeaways

  • Photon Energy’s 165 MWp Gunnedah Solar Farm has got clearance from the NSW Independent Planning Commission
  • It will be located on Orange Grove Road in Gunnedah region on 795-hectare site
  • Project is likely to cost AUD 200 million ($141 million) once construction commences on it in Q4/2019
  • On completion, it will feed power generated to the Transgrid network and is likely to generate around 293.2 GWh of clean power

The New South Wales (NSW) Independent Planning Commission has formally green lighted the construction of a 165 MW solar power plant in the Australian state near Gunnedah. To be developed by Photon Energy through Gunnedah Solar Farm Pty Ltd, the Gunnedah Solar Farm will have 165 MW DC or 150 MW AC capacity and associate infrastructure.

To be developed for AUD 200 million ($141 million), the project will be located on a 795-hectare site on Orange Grove Road. Photon Energy says construction is expected to commence on the project site in Q4/2019 and installation works are likely to last for 12 to 14 months. On completion, the project will generate around 293.2 GWh of clean energy annually.

All power generated will be fed into the electricity grid operated by Transgrid.

The NSW Department of Planning & Environment had received a state significant development (SSD) application from Gunnedah Solar Farm Pty Ltd, which was then forwarded to the commission for determination as the proposal had met with over 25 public objections including issues rated to the potential flood risks, land-use compatibility, local property prices, and the like. Now, the 3-member panel appointed by the commission has cleared the proposal.

Photon Energy is also developing the 316 MW Gunning Solar Farm in Gunning in NSW, which it says will be the biggest PV project in the state once complete. In July 2017, it said the project is due to enter construction in early 2019 (see Photon Energy Plans 316 MW In Australia). The Netherlands located Photon Energy, whose Australian arm is working on Australian solar projects, reported its first ever net profit in 2018 (see First Ever Net Profit For Photon Energy In Q4/2018).

Anu Bhambhani

Anu Bhambhani is the Senior News Editor of TaiyangNews

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