The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has approved a new $407 million solar farm at Darlington Point near Griffith.
Resource Assessments Director, Clay Preshaw, said the Department had approved the 275-megawatt (MW) solar project 10km south of Darlington Point, adding to the growing hub of solar energy projects established in the area.
“This is a multi-million project that will power over 130,000 homes each year, boost the local economy, provide up to 300 jobs during and after construction, as well as increasing electricity capacity and helping to cut greenhouse emissions.
“The project has been assessed on its merits, under planning legislation and clear official policies to consider any potential benefits or impacts to the environment, the economy and the community,” Mr Preshaw said.
There were no submissions opposing the Darlington Point project.
Mr Preshaw said the project approval followed the release of a new Large-Scale Solar Energy Guideline developed by the Department and designed to lead applicants and the community through the assessment process for state significant solar farm proposals.
“The NSW Large Scale Solar Guideline aims to provide clear and consistent guidance to the community, applicants, industry and regulators on the environmental and social impacts of state significant solar energy projects, encouraging early and continued consultation, and suitable site selection
“The new guideline reflects the NSW Government’s strong commitment to NSW’S booming solar energy market.
“To date, the NSW Government and independent regional planning panels have approved a total of 49 large scale solar projects across the state,” Mr Preshaw said.