Proposed Gilgandra Solar Farm EIS

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Proposed Gilgandra Solar Farm EIS

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of Gilgandra Solar Farm will be on public exhibition from Wednesday 5 April 2017 until Friday 12 May 2017.

The Development Application and EIS may  be viewed on the Department of Planning and Environment’s website from the commencement of the exhibition period

About the Project

The Gilgandra Solar Farm is a project consisting of up to 140 hectares of ground mounted solar panels approximately 25km south of Gilgandra (NSW), along Newell Highway.

The aim of this project is to develop an environmentally and economically sound solar farm.

Gilgandra Solar Farm will generate approximately 100,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean, renewable electricity into the national power grid each year, thereby making a major contribution to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction. This reduction will be equivalent to taking either 24,000 cars off the road or planting 140,000 trees, producing enough electricity to power approximately 14,000 homes with renewable energy.

Neoen will leverage off its local experience developing four comparable projects in NSW including two of them in the Orana region, all having received federal support in the form of a grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), as announced in September 2016.

The combination of the Federal Renewable Energy Target (RET), ARENA’s large-scale solar competitive funding round, the decreasing cost of technology and Australia’s commitments made under the Paris Agreement now provide highly favourable conditions for solar projects in Australia. Consequently, Neoen will expedite the development of Gilgandra Solar Farm.

Construction is expected to start late 2017 or early 2018 providing employment opportunities for the region.