Project

Wellington North Solar Farm

PROJECT STATUS
Detailed Planning
Wellington North Solar Farm

Wellington North Solar Farm, being developed by Lightsource, is a proposed 300-megawatt solar farm to be located approximately seven kilometres north-east of Wellington, NSW. The facility is to be located within the proposed Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone, and will include:

  • approximately 1.2 million fixed and single-axis tracking solar panels with a combined 300 megawatts of generation capacity
  • 155 inverter stations
  • an on-site substation
  • a 2.4 kilometre, 330 kilovolt overhead transmission line to connect the solar farm to TransGrid's existing Wellington substation, and
  • associated ancillary infrastructure.

The project is also approved for a battery energy storage system, however, this is not currently in the scope.

Key Dates

Nov 2017 Project Announced
Jul 2022 Expected Construction Commencement
Jul 2024 Expected Construction Completion

PROJECT HISTORY

Nov 2017 AGL submitted a Preliminary Environmental Assessment report to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment requesting the Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEAR's).
Dec 2017 The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements were issued for the preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment of the project.
Aug 2018 The Environmental Impact Statement for the project was submitted to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
Jul 2020 Lightsource bp purchased the project from AGL Energy.
Apr 2021 The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment approved the project and declared it a State Significant Development.
Estimated Total Cost
(2017)
Sector
Energy
Procurement approach
Unconfirmed |
Location
New South Wales |
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