The proposed Sundown Solar Farm is being developed approximately 30km east of Inverell in the New England Tablelands region, NSW within the New England Renewable Energy Zone (REZ). It includes a 360 megawatt (MW) solar farm and 150 MW battery energy storage system (BESS).
Sundown Solar Farm is an early-stage project under development located approximately 30km east of Inverell in the New England Tablelands region of NSW. The project consists of a large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) generation facility, including battery storage and associated infrastructure. Sundown Solar Farm will play an important role in providing stability to the network and reducing the market reliance on fossil fuel generation. The proposed project capacity is approximately 360 MW, which would generate enough energy for over 150,000 homes*. *(Based on an average NSW household electricity consumption of 7.3 MWh annually.)
The footprint and scale of Sundown Solar Farm will be refined through the development of the project Environmental Impact Statement. Further detailed design will be completed prior to construction with a view to minimising environmental and social impacts.
Sundown Solar Farm will play an important role in providing stability to the network and reducing the market reliance on fossil fuel generation. It would generate enough energy for over 150,000 homes* and will see an increase in local employment and investment in the community.
The development of renewable energy generation project with storage along major transmission routes is in line with the Federal Government’s direction to improve the affordability and security of the national energy market while also delivering on international climate commitments. The Battery storage can add significant benefits to solar generation because it allows for the dispatch of energy in accordance with market demand and overcomes potential issues associated with the intermittency of output.
Post construction, it is proposed that the balance of land that is not occupied by solar farm infrastructure would continue to be used for agricultural purposes such as sheep /cattle grazing and cropping, resulting in only a minor net change to the existing land-use.
*(Based on an average NSW household electricity consumption of 7.3 MWh annually.)