New England Solar Farm
600-800 MW, New South Wales, Australia
The New England Solar Farm, currently being developed in the New England Tablelands region of New South Wales, is one of the largest and most exciting solar photovoltaic power generation projects in Australia. The project site is located approximately 6km east of the township of Uralla and will be connected to the 330kV transmission network. At its maximum size the project would involve a land area of up to 2,700 hectares spread across three separate solar PV fields. The potential size of the solar farm is in the order of 600-800 MW (AC).
The project will feature advanced photovoltaic technology mounted on single axis tracking systems to take advantage of the high solar radiation and cool temperatures of the New England tablelands. UPC is also investigating energy storage as part of its technical studies. The combination of economies of scale, high efficiency and energy storage will ultimately help deliver the most competitively priced electricity for consumers and help replace older coal fired power stations. The solar farm is anticipated to begin construction in 2019, with up to 700 full time jobs created during construction and up to 15 ongoing full-time jobs during its operation.