The Clarence Valley Solar Farm will increase renewable energy generating capacity and assist in meeting Australia’s commitments and obligations under international conventions and agreements to reduce CO2 emissions. It will also deliver significant benefits to the local community and the wider region through job creation and flow on benefits.

Fully constructed, at a generation capacity of 85MW, the proposal would generate enough renewable energy to supply approximately 45,500 typical NSW homes each year of its 28 year operational life. In addition, the electricity generated by the Proposal would result in significant carbon savings due to the electricity displaced from the current NSW generation mix, which is heavily reliant on coal powered generation.  Based on current NSW emissions, approximately 150,000 tonnes of CO2 would be displaced by the Proposal annually.

The Proposal is aligned with the principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD), particularly that of inter-generational equity whereby the present generation makes land use decisions, such as the transition of the electricity sector away from a reliance on coal and gas fired power stations to renewable technologies, to ensure the environment is conserved for use by future generations.

The environmental benefits of developing renewable energy sources and transitioning to a low carbon future are manifold, providing potential benefits to the entire community and helping to maintain quality of life.

The Proposal would also result in significant local, social and economic benefits including:

  • Direct and indirect employment opportunities during the construction and operation of the solar farm. This would include:
    • Approximately 100 jobs during the construction phase, sourcing workers from a wide range of fields and expertise, including engineers, construction workers and labourers;
    • Four full time jobs during the operational phase; and
    • Further employment opportunities associated with supply chains including local goods and services.
  • Direct business volume benefits for local services, materials and contracting businesses;
  • The Proposal will provide income for the region through capital expenditure, the provision of wages and predicted flow-on benefits; and
  • Diversification of rural income streams.