Edify Energy's Darlington Point solar farm secures approval

WCN Editorial Team 13 Dec 2018 ASIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Australian renewables developer Edify Energy has secured an approval from the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment for its new A$407m ($294.4m) solar farm at Darlington Point near Griffith in New South Wales.

The Darlington Point site is located about 10km south of the town of Darlington Point, in Western New South Wales, on land adjacent to TransGrid’s Darlington Point substation at Donald Ross Drive.

It has been selected due to access to large areas of flat, open terrain historically used for grazing. The 975-hectare development site has the potential to accommodate up to 275MW of solar power generation.

The site also has provision, at a future date, of battery technology for energy storage and resupply during peak demand.

Resource assessments director Clay Preshaw said: “This is a multi-million project that will power over 130,000 homes each year, boost the local economy, provide up to 300 jobs during and after construction, as well as increasing electricity capacity and helping to cut greenhouse emissions.

“The project has been assessed on its merits, under planning legislation and clear official policies to consider any potential benefits or impacts to the environment, the economy and the community.”

Upon completion, the solar farm will produce enough power to supply more than 130,000 homes each year for a period of 30 years.

Furthermore, the project contributes to the Federal Government’s mandated Renewable Energy Target, which requires 33TWh of electricity production from renewable sources by 2020.

“The NSW Large Scale Solar Guideline aims to provide clear and consistent guidance to the community, applicants, industry and regulators on the environmental and social impacts of state significant solar energy projects, encouraging early and continued consultation, and suitable site selection.

“The new guideline reflects the NSW Government’s strong commitment to N SW’S booming solar energy market. To date, the NSW Government and independent regional planning panels have approved a total of 49 large-scale solar projects across the state.”

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Image: Edify Energy’s Darlington Point solar farm secures approval. Photo: Courtesy of Andreas Gücklhorn on Unsplash.

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