Development Consent was granted for Wollar Solar Farm by the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces on 24 February 2020. This development includes the construction, operation and decommissioning of a photovoltaic (PV) solar array farm with a capacity of up to 290MW (ac). Once constructed the solar farm will generate enough electricity to power approximately 104,926 average NSW households and reduce 515,564 tonne of greenhouse emissions.
The development footprint for the project where the PV panels and associated infrastructure will be installed is approximately 450 ha. The development, construction and operation of the proposed solar farm will have an estimated capital investment value of up to A$ 450 million and create over 300 jobs.
The expected timelines for the main stages of the project are as follows:
- One of the first activities for the project will be upgrade works on Barigan Road which will take place in mid-late 2020 for 3-4 months.
- TransGrid will undertake some works to facilitate the connection of the solar farm to the national electricity grid. This includes constructing a new electricity substation on the solar farm site. These works are expected to commence in third quarter of 2020.
- An EPC Contractor will be selected to design and construct the solar farm. Construction works for this stage are anticipated to commence in late 2020 and last for 12-18 months.