Sundown Solar Farm
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 create economic benefits to the local region through employment opportunities and promote regional development due to the use of local businesses. It is anticipated the project will complete construction and begin generating energy in late 2024.
Sundown Solar Farm Benefits
- 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.
- 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 grazing, resulting in only a minor net change to the existing land-use situation.
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.
Planning and Approvals
About Canadian Solar
Founded in 2001 in Canada, Canadian Solar is one of the world’s largest and foremost solar power companies and has been publicly listed on NASDAQ since 2006.
Canadian Solar (Australia) Pty Ltd was incorporated in 2011 in Sydney as part of the global footprint of Canadian Solar. Our local team has an excellent understanding of the requirements and challenges of successful deployment and has a proven track record delivering large commercial solar installations. We always strive to ensure we achieve the highest quality and most effective outcome for our clients.
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