The Darlington Point Solar Farm is a 333.0 MW DC single-axis tracking project located approximately 10km south of the town of Darlington Point in the Murrumbidgee shire of western-NSW and on 1,993 acres of former grazing land adjacent to TransGrid’s Darlington Point substation at Donald Ross Drive.
The Darlington Point Solar Farm is jointly owned by Octopus Investments and Edify Energy and has an approximate capital cost of $450m. A power purchase agreement has been entered into with Delta Electricity for the supply of 150 MW of renewable energy.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment granted the Development Consent for Darlington Point Solar Farm on 7 December 2018. A copy of the Planning Approvals and related documents can be found here and a copy of the approved layout plans can be found here.
A turnkey Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract has been awarded to a consortium of Signal Energy and Canadian Solar, and the latter will also provide Operations and Maintenance Services under Edify Energy’s overall Asset Management.
Individuals and businesses wishing to explore opportunities at Darlington Point Solar Farm please contact email@example.com
A job fair and community forum was held in Darlington Point in late-February, details can be found here.
EIS and Statutory Approvals
Full details of current statutory approvals and the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and all associated appendices can be located at the NSW Planning Portal website at the following link: https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects/project/5266
The main body of the project EIS is also attached here.
The approved plans required under condition of consent are as per follows and attached:
– Accommodation and Employment Strategy
– Biodiversity Management Plan
– Chance Finds Protocol
– Environmental Management Strategy
– Traffic Management Plan
The current construction activities relate to installation of the solar farm components only. Installation of the proposed battery storage facility may be constructed at a future date.
Community Feedback and Complaints
Community feedback and complaints can be made to the following contact details
Chris Stewart (Safety, Health, Environment and Construction Manager): +61 448 611 785
Bevan Cassels (Construction Manager): +61 448 338 807
A copy of the current feedback and complaints register can be found here.
Copies of audit reports and response to audit reports are as per follows and attached:
– Darlington Point Solar Farm Independent Environmental Audit – September 2019
– Darlington Point Solar Farm Independent Environmental Audit 2019 – Department of Planning, Industry & Environment Response
– Darlington Point Solar Farm Pre-Construction Compliance Report – June 2019
– Darlington Point Solar Farm Construction Compliance Report – September 2019