Members of the local community are invited to come along to a community information session and learn more about the latest updates to the proposed New England Solar Farm project.
The solar farm will generate enough clean, renewable energy to power 250,000 homes, create up to 700 full time jobs during construction, provide work for local business and suppliers and diversify income for rural landowners.
It is being proposed across two solar fields on 2,000 hectares of mostly clearly grazing land, about six kilometres east of Uralla, in the New England region of NSW.
The region has been identified as a suitable area for renewable energy development by the NSW Government, the Australian Energy Market Operator and electricity transmission company TransGrid.
The developer of the New England Solar Farm project, UPC Renewables Australia, has been actively consulting with the local community since early 2017. More than sixty face to face meetings have been conducted with members of the local community and six public information sessions have ben held.
The seventh community information session will be held from 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday, 22 January 2020 at the New England Solar Farm Uralla Office at 96B Bridge St.
The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment recently released its formal Assessment Report for the project, noting that it would be in the public interest and benefit the local community and the state of NSW.
The Department is recommending approval of the project with appropriate conditions and has referred the application to the NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC), the consent authority for the project. The IPC will review the NSW Government Assessment Report as part of its determination process.