Project Overview

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.

Approximately 260,000 First Solar thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules will power the proposed 87 megawatt (MW) project and 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.

 

Project Benefits

Enough to power 25,000 average homes

  • Displaces 167,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually—equivalent to taking 45,000 cars off the road

  • Lowest environmental impact of any PV technology

  • No water used for electricity generation

  • Significant economic and environmental benefits for regional NSW

 

Community Commitment 

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

 

Development Approval

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 is progressing well following the recent 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.

Following the approval of these plans, and approval from the NSW Roads and Maritime Service for limited vehicle movements, Downer commenced mobilising to the site on August 8 2018 with full construction activities set to commence later this month. Preparatory site works including fencing, roads and other minor works are underway with the Site Office and amenities now in place. Mechanical and Electrical installation works are scheduled to start in the next weeks. The project is forecasting all works to be complete by mid 2019.

Pile driving will commence on 17 September for approximately 3-4 months. The hours/days of work for Piling operations are 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm Saturday in accordance with the Development Consent. No piling works will take place outside of these hours.

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 mechnical trackers and relocating material and equipment. Please refer to the Local Stakeholder Letter - Construction September 1 for further information.

The Beryl Road upgrade works have been completed by Mid Western Regional Council. The intersection upgrade of Castlereagh Highway and Beryl Road commenced in early August and will be completed by mid to late September.

All open Beryl Solar Farm construction roles will be advertised online.

Please visit https://www.downergroup.com/people-and-careers to apply directly for an open role or register for “job alerts” which will enable the system to notify you of suitable positions if and when they become available. 

If you have any questions or complaints related to the construction of the Solar Farm please contact the construction contractor Downer via:

Email: Berylsolarfarm@Downergroup.com

Phone: 0439 742 832

 

Environment

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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