The Project

The 200 MW Glenellen Solar Farm will help NSW achieve its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 by increasing the amount of clean energy available in the State’s electricity grid.

By providing a new source of clean energy generation for customers in NSW this will help to diversify and modernise the State’s energy supply mix.

A full description of the development, including details of construction, operation, upgrading and decommissioning, plus a detailed site plan showing all infrastructure and facilities (including site access points, routes, site compounds, laydown areas, the substation, carpark facilities and other ancillary infrastructure) will be provided in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

For more information on the project, please see our Fact Sheet.

Location

To be effective, solar must be developed close to areas where there is customer demand for energy.  This location provides ready access to the growing regional population of Greater Hume, as well as business and industry in Sydney and Melbourne.

Solar farming is considered a suitable land use for the project’s proposed site as it creates a sustainable, long term industry that can operate in harmony with existing agricultural farming practices.

The development is expected to have minimal impact on neighbours and the local environment.

Grid connection will be via the existing TransGrid substation on the site, therefore lowering impacts by not requiring new transmission infrastructure.  This avoids the need to expand grid infrastructure in the local area.

Solar farms are considered an appropriate development within the region as solar farming does not permanently remove the land from future agricultural uses and supports employment in rural areas.

At the same time, the development will not prejudice surrounding rural productive activities which are considered an asset to the area.

(map shows approximate location of the project)

Technology

 

Glenellen Solar Farm will feature the latest solar energy generation technology.

The project is likely to include up to 416,000 solar panels, installed in rows or ‘arrays’.

Solar panels will be fixed to a single-axis tracking system which would track the sun from east to west as it moves throughout the day.

Trina proposes to use Mono-crystalline silicon solar cells with the capability to capture light from both sides of the solar panels. The front side primarily to absorb the direct sunlight and the back side is designed to capture indirect and reflected sunlight from the ground.

Proposed Site Layout

Trina Solar has produced a concept plan for the proposed Glenellen Solar Farm.

The proposed plan shows how the solar farm will be laid out on the site and includes features that will be added like setback zones, vegetation screening buffers and bushfire protection zones, emergency entrance/exits, location of firefighting water tanks plus the Operation & Maintenance  (O&M) Facility.

The Plan maximises the use of cleared land for placement of the solar farm’s arrays while preserving features like native woodland, watercourses and areas potentially used as habitat.

More details regarding this concept plan will be presented in the Project’s Environmental Impact Statement, which will be lodged with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in coming weeks.  A link to this report will be provided once this document is available for public review and comment.

Benefits

Construction of the Glenellen Solar Farm will bring considerable investment to the region. The solar farm will also create a new, sustainable industry that will diversify and complement existing agriculture, farming and services industries.

It is expected around 200 jobs will be created during construction, and up to 10 new jobs once the solar farm is operational.

Local workers will be sought as a priority, while additional workers from outside the region will stimulate the local economy through demand for accommodation, hospitality and retail services.

Post construction, it is proposed that the balance of land that is not occupied by solar farm infrastructure would continue to be used for agricultural purposes such as sheep grazing, resulting in only a minor net change to the existing land-use situation.

Land

The identified land is currently used for grazing and/or cultivation by landholders included in the project. The site is generally flat or of a consistent slope, and largely clear of trees and dense vegetation so will require minimal preparation in advance of installing the PV modules.

While a solar PV project can occupy a large area of land, the on-ground impacts are relatively minor by comparison.

A TransGrid 330 kV transmission line directly crosses the proposed project area, which will provide the connection to the National Electricity Grid. A new substation connecting Glenellen Solar Farm to this line will be constructed in cooperation with TransGrid.

Community

Consultation relating to the proposed Glenellen Solar Farm project commenced in early 2018, and to date has included conversations and meetings with potential host landowners, neighbouring landowners, TransGrid council and the Hon. Greg Aplin (NSW Member for Albury) and local MPs.

Trinasolar will revisit earlier engagement with neighbours, stakeholders and the local community to determine what additional throughout planning to ensure project benefits are communicated and potential construction impacts are minimised. Further, in preparing the development application, consultation will commence or continue with relevant local, State and/or Commonwealth authorities, infrastructure providers, community groups and affected landowners. The issues raised and resolutions found through this process will be documented in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Timeline

(those proposed in the future are subject to change)

2018

Site Identification and Resource Monitoring

2018

Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA)

2018

Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) issued

2019

Environmental Assessment studies

Feb 2020

Trinasolar acquires Glenellen Solar Farm Project

2020

Environmental Impact Assessment on Public Exhibition

2020

Development Approvals forecast

2021

Construction forecast to commence

2022

Forecast to be commissioned and operational

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