Sunraysia Solar Farm Two Pty Ltd proposes the development of a utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) farm near Balranald in southern New South Wales; the Balranald Solar Farm proposal. will have a total capacity of 255MWp which shall be completed in 1 stage.
The Balranald Solar Farm proposal would provide the following benefits, specific to Australia’s commitments:
- Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions required to meet our energy demands
- Assisting the transition towards cleaner electricity generation
- Direct contribution to help in meeting the RET.
Additionally, the proposal would allow for the:
- Provision of embedded electricity generation, to supply into the Australian grid closer to the main consumption centres.
- Provision of social and economic benefits, through the provision of direct and indirect employment opportunities during construction and operation of the project.
The Balranald Solar Farm proposal site is located around 17km south of the Balranald town centre and around 140km south east of Mildura, within the Balranald Shire Council Local Government Area (LGA). The site is accessed from Yanga Way (also known as Mallee Highway and Tooleybuc-Balranald Road) located to the east.
Given the capital cost of the project, its development application will be assessed by the NSW Department of Planning.
In this context, a Scoping Report for the Sunraysia Solar Farm has been lodged with the state planning in May 2016.
These requirements are now being used as a basis for the current Environmental Impact Assessment undertaken by Sunraysia Solar Farm Two Pty Ltd.
Studies undertaken will include:
- heritage (including Aboriginal heritage);
- visual amenity;
- noise assessment;
- soils and water;
- traffic assessment;
Site Location and Preliminary Layout
The Sunraysia Solar Farm site comprises of around 1000 hectares of private freehold land. Below is a preliminary layout based on the technical assessment and consultation undertaken to date:
This preliminary layout provides for up to 200 megawatts peak AC (MWp) of solar panels; however, it may be amended to reflect the results of on-going technical assessments and discussions with the local community and regulators.