New England Solar Farm

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New England Solar Farm

The New England Solar Farm is a 720 megawatt (MW) energy generation project proposed by ACEN Australia (formerly named UPC Renewables Australia). It is to be located six kilometres east of Uralla, in the Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales, within the New England REZ.

The project is being developed in two stages:

  • Stage One will deliver 400 MW of generation capacity, and 50 MW/50MWh of storage with the construction of a substation and a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS).
  • Stage Two will deliver the remaining 320 MW of generation capacity and 150MW/350 MWh of BESS.

An additional 1200MW/2400MWh of storage capacity has been approved as part of the project, likely to be constructed post completion of Stage 1 and 2. This will bring the total storage capacity to 1400MW/2800MWh.         

The project will connect to TransGrid’s existing 330-kilovolt transmission line that runs across the development site.

Key Dates

Sep 2020 Contract Award for Stage One
Feb 2021 Financial Close
Mar 2021 Construction Commencement
Mar 2023 Construction Completion of Stage One
2024 Expected Construction Commencement: Stage Two
2026 Expected Construction Completion: Stage Two


Debt Finance: Syndicate

Financing for the project is being provided by the Bank of China, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac.


Successful Tenderer: Stage One: Elecnor Australia. The project is being built by Green Light Contractors, a subsidiary of Elecnor Australia.


Dec 2019 The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment approved the development proposal.
Mar 2020 After the application was referred to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) for determination due to 67 public objections being received during exhibition, the State Significant Development application was approved and granted Development Consent.
Aug 2020 The NSW Government announced the project will receive grant funding through the Government's Emerging Energy program, under the capital projects stream.
Sep 2020 Elecnor Australia was awarded a $500 million contract to construct Stage One of the project. The project is being built by Green Light Contractors, a subsidiary of Elecnor Australia.
Feb 2021 Stage One reached financial close.
Mar 2021 Construction on the project commenced.
Oct 2022 The project proponent released a modification (MOD2) to consent report. The modification seeks to include an additional 127ha for the project's land area (in addition to the original 426ha proposed), and increase the battery storage from 200 MW/400MWh to 1,400MW/2,800MWh.
Nov 2022 The NSW Department of Planning and Environment placed the proponent's modification application for the State Significant Development on public exhibition, closing on the 17 November.
Dec 2022 New England Solar project been granted formal registration to send power into the National Electricity Market (NEM) by the Australian Energy Market Organisation (AEMO).
Mar 2023 Construction completed on Stage One of the project.
May 2023 The project was awarded a new generation Long-Term Energy Service Agreement by AEMO Services under the inaugural tender round for new generation and long-duration storage electricity infrastructure in New South Wales.
May 2023 The NSW Government approved a modification application to increase battery energy storage capacity from 200 megawatts (MW) / 400 megawatt hours (MWh) to 1400MW / 2800MWh for the project.
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Procurement approach
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New England Solar Farm