Goulburn River Solar Farm – Project Details

This page provides information on the Goulburn River Solar Farm project.

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    planning application

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  • operation

  • decommissioning

The Goulburn River project consists of a 550MWdc solar farm and battery energy storage system (BESS), located between Wollar and Merriwa, on Wollara Road, in the Upper Hunter Region of NSW.

Lightsource bp will construct and operate the project and deliver renewable energy to Australia’s grid. Additionally, the project includes a BESS to shift renewable energy to night-time peaks and support the reliable operation of Australia’s grid. The project will also include operation and maintenance buildings, civil works, and electrical infrastructure required to connect to the existing electricity network. Construction is set to begin late 2023, and the project will provide up to 350 FTE construction roles throughout the construction process.

We’re in the early stages of this project and are sharing our plans with local residents and the surrounding community to gather their feedback on the land we have identified. Following this engagement, we will conclude a range of detailed assessments, before undertaking the statutory pre submission consultation.

We will be hosting community information drop-in sessions across two days to provide an informal and flexible forum for asking questions, providing feedback and gathering information about the Goulburn River Solar Farm.

Come along to meet the Lightsource bp project team and assessment experts from Umwelt Environmental and Social consultants, including transport, engineering and planning specialists.

‘Drop-in’ at any time throughout the time slots and stay for as long as you like.

The drop-in sessions will take place at the School of Arts Hall, 15 Bow Street, Merriwa, on:

  • Monday 5 December 2022 – 4pm to 7pm
  • Tuesday 6 December 2022 – 7am to 10am

More information

You can view the pre-recorded presentation from the initial meetings in the video towards the bottom of this page, you can also view information in our Community Update Pack leaflet using the button below.

Download Community Update Pack

 

Please submit any enquiries about this project using the form at the bottom of the page.

  • 550
    MWdc installed capacity
  • 992,000MWh
    (Megawatts hours) supplied per year
  • 4%
    of NSW electricity demand at peak output
  • 156,000
    homes powered (equivalent)
  • 700,000
    tonnes of carbon emissions saved
  • 350
    jobs created during construction

Community information events

Watch the pre-recorded presentation for our virtual community consultation event below. You can also download the responses to some frequently asked questions that were raised during our online community information sessions here:

Download the FAQs

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Goulburn River Solar Farm Community Information Presentation

Community information presentation, for our Goulburn River Solar Farm proposal, recorded for the virtual events that took place on the 28th and 30th October 2021.

Get involved

At Lightsource bp, our goal is to create solar assets that communities can be proud of, so if you’ve got an opinion or wish to provide feedback regarding the development, please don’t hesitate to let us know by calling 1300 873 575, emailing Goulburnriversolar@lightsourcebp.com or using the feedback form below. We’ll aim to get back to you within five working days.

 

Feedback Form

 

Enquire about construction roles

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