The proposed 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 230,000 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 proposed 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. Planning for the project has commenced and is on track for completion in 2017.
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
First Solar is committed to the communities in which it operates, including Mid-Western Region We will always 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, creating direct and indirect jobs and developing skills in a growing industry, and supporting small businesses. It will generate approximately 150 construction jobs as well as ongoing full time positions. Wherever possible, First Solar seeks to partner with local businesses and suppliers.
Planning Updates and Activities
First Solar has submitted an application for the Secretaries Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) to the Department of Planning for the proposed Beryl Solar Farm on 23 December 2016. Following this, the Department of Planning assessed our application and issued SEARs for the project on 25 January 2017. The Development Application for the proposed Beryl Solar Farm was submitted to the Department of Planning Friday, 24 March and the Environmental Impact Assessment was placed on public exhibition from 26 April 2017 to 25 May 2017. During this period, submissions were sought from the local community, government agencies, interested parties and other stakeholders.
In response to the submission received, First Solar prepared a submissions response report which was published on the Department of Planning’s website on 20 July 2017.
On the 23October 2017 the NSW Department of Planning issued their assessment report for the proposed development and referred the project to the Planning and Assessment Committee for determination.
First Solar received a determination from the Planning and Assessment Commission as a result of the submissions and the public hearing held on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 which included relevant government agencies and the Mid-Western Regional Council. The Planning Assessment Commission has granted consent to the Beryl Solar Farm Project (SSD 8183) excluding the use of the R5 land.
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
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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