Planning & Approvals
Sundown Solar is a State Significant Development
The project will be assessed as a State Significant Development under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The NSW Planning and Assessment Framework is described on the NSW Government website.
A Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) was submitted to the NSW Government in November 2017. It outlines the proposal, including the site and its surroundings, the statutory framework for approval and identification of key potential environmental issues that may be associated with a solar farm development. Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) were received from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) in December 2017.
Publicly Available Documents
Publicly available planning documents are available for download here:
Design of the project is being undertaken to avoid impacts to biodiversity and other natural values as much as practicable. Where impacts cannot be avoided, they will be mitigated using best practice adaptive management strategies. In some cases, impacts may not be practical to avoid or mitigate, and therefore an offset may be required in accordance with NSW and Commonwealth legislation. Environmental offsets may include the establishment of Stewardship Agreements (formerly known as BioBank Agreements) which provide landowners with a guaranteed income stream to permanently conserve and manage land for conservation. The project team is investigating opportunities to establish such agreements in the NSW New England Tablelands region. If you are a landowner interested in establishing an offset or stewardship site, or you believe you have credits which may be suitable for this development, please contact us to find out more.