The Beryl Solar Farm is located approximately five kilometers west of Gulgong, NSW and will provide significant economic and environmental benefits, in addition to creating direct and indirect jobs and developing skills in a growing industry, and supporting small businesses.
The 87 megawatt (MW) project will produce enough solar energy to serve the needs of approximately 25,000 average NSW homes. This will displace more than 167,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year — the equivalent of taking about 45,000 cars off the road.
First Solar is committed to the communities in which it operates and will strive to minimise environmental impact while maximising clean energy output. When in operation, our systems generate electricity with no water use, no air emissions, and no waste production, with the smallest carbon footprint of any PV technology available.
The Beryl Solar Farm supports Australia in its efforts toward providing 23.5 per cent of its energy from renewable resources by 2020, while further establishing regional NSW as a leader in renewable energy. Construction of the project has commenced and is on track for completion in mid 2019.
Enough to power 25,000 average homes
Displaces 167,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually—equivalent to taking 45,000 cars off the road
No water used for electricity generation
Significant economic and environmental benefits for regional NSW
First Solar is committed to the communities in which it operates, including the Mid-Western Region. We will continue to engage neighbors, community groups, environmental groups and business organisations to ensure that Beryl Solar Farm remains a valued and respected member of community.
The Beryl Solar Farm will support the local and regional economy by creating direct and indirect jobs, developing skills in a growing industry, and supporting small businesses. It will generate approximately 150 construction jobs as well as ongoing full time positions.
The project, through its Community Engagement Plan, is committed to reinvesting in the local community through the Beryl Solar Farm community fund, a managed development fund supporting community based initiatives, projects and events that target a range of community needs including environment, education, youth, social, culture, sport, recreation and economic development.
First Solar received planning approval for the Beryl Solar Farm on the December 5 2017.
Full details regarding the determination is available to view on the Planning Assessments Commission’s website: http://www.pac.nsw.gov.au/projects/2017/10/beryl-solar-farm
Project Construction Updates
The design and construction planning for the Beryl Solar Farm has received approval of all major management plans by the relevant agencies and NSW Department of Planning. Copies of all required management plans and the associated approval have been made available on this website for download. The project is forecasting all works to be complete by mid 2019.
The standard hours of work have been amended and approved by the State Department to 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday (no change) and 7am to 5pm Saturday/Sunday. The extended working hours will be utilised for "quiet works" only including laying and terminating cable, assembling mechanical trackers and relocating material and equipment. Please refer to the Local Stakeholder Letter - Construction September 1 for further information.
If you have any questions or complaints related to the construction of the Solar Farm please contact the construction contractor Downer via:
Phone: 0439 742 832
Progress in April saw by and large the solar farm construction activities completed. Quality control inspections, defects rectification, systems testing and commissioning are core activities remaining as the project progresses toward an operational state. Demobilisation of equipment, office infrastructure and resources are indicative of the project’s advanced state of delivery. A key milestone was achieved in April as the project successfully registered with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) as a generator. This registration provides a core element of the solar farm’s ability to export energy into the grid. The other component providing the connection to the grid, the substation, is progressing well in parallel with the solar farm and this scope is, similarly, in a testing and commissioning phase, while demobilization of offices and resources progresses.
Beryl Solar Farm is committed to reinvesting in the local community through the Beryl Solar Farm Community Fund. The program has funded two community-based initiatives:
The training of teachers in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program carried out by Australian Schools Plus at the Gulgong High School
The installation of a shelter and raised garden bed at Wenonah Community Care, providing a communal outdoor space for social club members
First Solar projects strive to minimise environmental impact while maximising clean energy output. When in operation, our systems generate electricity with no water use, no air emissions, and no waste production, with the smallest carbon footprint of any PV technology available.
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Number Of Modules:
- 167,000Tons C02 Displaced Annually
- 25,000Homes Powered
- 45,000Cars Removed
- NSW Solar Factsheet
- Project Datasheet
- Beryl Solar Farm Feedback Form
- Environmental Impact Statement
- EIS Appendix A - Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirement
- EIS Appendix B - Plans
- EIS Appendix C - Consultation
- EIS Appendix D - Biodiversity Assessment Report
- EIS Appendix E - Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment
- EIS Appendix F - Visual Impact Assessment
- EIS Appendix G - Noise Assessment and Management Plan
- EIS Appendix H - Soil Survey
- Submissions Report
- Final Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment
- Biodiversity Offset Strategy
- Conditions of Consent
- Planning Assessment Commission Report
- Planning Assessment Commission Report - Additional Information
- Downer Drivers Code of Conduct & Route Management Plan
- Downer Traffic Management Plan
- Approval - Environmental Management Plans
- Biodiversity Management Plan
- Cultural Heritage Management Plan
- Environmental Management Strategy
- Landscaping Plan
- Notification of Construction Letter to DPE
- Local Stakeholder Letter-Construction September 1
- Community Fund Guidelines
- Community Fund Application
- 20190328_BSF Stakeholder Communications and Complaints Register
- Final Layout