Springdale Solar Farm
 

SPRINGDALE SOLAR FARM

 
 
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The proposed Springdale Solar Farm is a 120 megawatt (MW) solar farm project located near Sutton NSW. The project is being developed by Renew Estate Pty Ltd, an Australian renewable energy company.

 
 

Project Location

Springdale Solar Farm would be located on approximately 350 hectares of land currently used for grazing, roughly 8 km from the town of Sutton, NSW.

 

About the Project

The proposed Springdale Solar Farm is a 100 megawatt (MW) solar farm project. A solar farm of this size is expected to produce over 230 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of renewable energy each year, enough to power approximately 35,000 Australian homes.

The project will feature high-efficiency photovoltaic (PV) modules mounted on a single-axis tracking array structure. The tracking system will orient the solar modules to follow the sun from east to west each day. The tracking structures will be mounted on piles, which will be screwed or pile driven, eliminating the need for concrete and foundations.

This construction methodology would keep ground disturbance to a minimum and maintain the maximum amount of existing vegetation possible (considering environmental and bushfire management requirements). The vegetation onsite would likely be maintained by grazing sheep.

The operational lifetime of the solar farm would be 30 years, at which time the site will either be decommissioned or continue to operate (after potentially being refurbished). Decommissioning would return the site to the pre-development condition. 

Timeline

The project is currently in the early stages of development and the design is still being finalised based on environmental and technical studies, and in consultation with the community.

The Project is classified as a State Significant Development (SSD) under NSW Environmental Planning Policy and requires a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be submitted with the application. A Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) has been prepared and submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (see Project Documents page). The aim of the PEA is to provide preliminary information to the department so that requirements can be issued and a full scope of works developed for specialist environmental impact studies.

Specialist studies are currently underway and include biodiversity, flooding and hydrology, cultural heritage, bushfire, visual amenity, noise and vibration, soils, contamination, waste, utilities, socio-economic, traffic, land use, air quality and electromagnetic fields.

Community engagement is a crucial part of the development process (see Community page) and community members will have an opportunity to provide feedback to Renew Estate directly and to the assessment authority through the planning process. The EIS will be on exhibition for approximately one month where all stakeholders can provide a submission to the Department of Planning and Environment.

Based on the current project timeline Springdale Solar Farm would commence construction in mid-2018 and be operational by mid-2019.

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