With the construction of the 521.5MWdc (400 MWac) first stage in full swing, the New England Solar Farm located in Uralla in New South Wales will ultimately be a combined 720 MW Solar and 400 MWhr Battery development. Once fully constructed, the project will produce enough energy to power approximately 250,000 typical NSW households each year.
About UPC\AC Renewables Australia
UPC\AC Renewables Australia is a 50/50 joint venture between ACEN and Infrastructure Corporation (ACEIC) and UPC Renewables. It is an Australian domiciled company with extensive experience in renewable energy development, construction and operations.
Other projects that are being developed by UPC\AC Renewables Australia include:
- Robbins Island Renewable Energy Park and Jim’s Plain Renewable Energy Park in North West Tasmania ~850MW) and NE Tasmania ~1,000MW; key projects for the
- Marinus Link and “Battery of the Nation Project”;
- Baroota Pumped Hydro 250MW in SA, which is targeting financial closing tin 2021 with support under the UNGI program;
- Axedale 160MW Solar Farm with 60MWhr Battery System in Victoria;
- Stubbo 400MW Solar Farm with 200MWh Battery System in the Orana region of NSW;
- Plus further developments in Tasmania and NSW.
Livelihood in New South Wales
The New England Solar Farm is set to bring significant value to the local community, with up to 500 direct construction jobs during the construction period that will generate employment opportunities for locals from Uralla and the surrounding region. The project aims to create direct and indirect business opportunities for the local and regional economy, potentially including equipment suppliers, contractors, labor hire companies, accommodation providers, eateries and fuel suppliers.
The Community Benefit Sharing Initiative A Community Benefit Sharing Initiative has been established to support the community by providing a yearly reward for every megawatt of power generating capacity installed at the solar farm over its 25-year working life. A fund would be built up over time to provide no-interest loans to local households, not-for-profit community groups, public buildings and businesses. The loans would be used for energy efficiency retrofitting, solar PV installation, and solar hot water and water efficiency improvements. Loan re-payments are returned to the funding pool and new funding is allocated each year until it reaches the desired level. Funding for easy-to-access grants for local projects and activities will help promote education, arts, sustainability, active lifestyles and community development.
Supporting Community and Sporting Organizations
The New England Solar Farm is proud to be supporting a number of important community and sporting organizations across the region, including:
- ZNet Uralla
- Uralla Cricket Club
- Can Assist Uralla
- Uralla Rugby Club
- Uralla Netball Club
- Uralla Tennis Club
NESF also provided a donation to the Need for Feed Disaster Relief program, which is run by the Lions for drought-affected farmers in NSW and across the region.
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