Project

Culcairn Solar Farm

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Culcairn Solar Farm

The Culcairn Solar Farm is a proposed solar farm and battery to be located in the Riverina Region of NSW, approximately four kilometres south-west of Culcairn, 45 kilometres north of Albury and 70 kilometres south of Wagga Wagga in the Greater Hume local government area. 

The site will be developed by Neoen and will comprise solar generation capacity of 350 megawatts (MW), as well as a battery with a 100 MW, two-hour capacity. The site also connect to the National Electricity Market via TransGrid’s 330 kilovolt transmission line already on site.

Key Dates

2018 Project Announced
Mar 2021 Planning Approval Granted
Dec 2021 Expected Construction Commencement
2023 Expected Construction Completion

Financing

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Equity Finance: Neoen

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Neoen

PROJECT HISTORY

2018 Project Announced
Nov 2019 NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment inspected the site, consulted with the Council and relevant government agencies, met with neighbouring landowners and held a community information session.
Feb 2020 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Culcairn Solar Farm released by NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
Jan 2021 NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment approved the site for a solar farm and deemed the project consistent with NSW policy.
Mar 2021 Culcairn Solar Farm received planning approval from Independent Planning Commission. The IPC granted approval with several conditions. These were designed to minimise negative environmental impacts, set standards and performance measures for environmental performance, outline how the land will be returned to its current use, ensure regular reporting and monitoring, and accounting for the ongoing environmental management of the site.
Estimated Total Cost
(2018)
Sector
Energy
Procurement approach
Traditional Procurement |
Location
New South Wales |
Resources
Project website
Project website
Media releases
25/03/2021