Dinawan Solar Farm – Environmental Impact Statement Public Exhibition
17th November 2023
The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Spark Renewables’ Dinawan Solar Farm is on public exhibition from 17 November to 15 December 2023. You can view the EIS and make a submission on the NSW planning portal.
There will be a separate EIS for the Dinawan Wind Farm in 2024.
The Spark Renewables Team will be setting up temporary offices in Coleambally and Jerilderie during this period and will be on hand to show study results, share project information and answer any questions.
Spark Renewables is investigating a Community Investment Offering that would allow community members to invest in the Dinawan Energy Hub or a community-owned project within/adjacent to the Dinawan Energy Hub.
The Dinawan Energy Hub is a proposed renewable energy project in the Riverina being developed by Spark Renewables. The proposal includes solar and wind generation, and battery energy storage. For more details visit https://dinawanenergyhub.com/
Spark Renewables is considering several ways for the local host community to benefit from the Dinawan Energy Hub. Through this survey, we would like to hear whether you would be interested in these types of investment opportunities.
The Community Investment Offering under consideration by Spark Renewables would allow community members to share in the benefits of the Dinawan Energy Hub and actively participate in Australia’s transition to clean, emissions free electricity generation. By contributing their own funds as investors, community members would acquire rights to a portion of the earnings of the project.
The purpose of this survey is to determine the level of interest within the community for an investment of this type and to influence the design of this offering. Based on the interest level, Spark Renewables will decide whether to progress with the Community Investment Offering.
The survey will close on 15 December 2023. It should take approximately five minutes to complete.
The information you provide will be used to keep you updated on how the Community Investment Offering progresses. However, you will always have the option of opting out of these updates at any time.
Exciting November news: the Dinawan Energy Hub (DEH) is taking shape.
The Dinawan Energy Hub (DEH) is a proposed hybrid wind, solar and battery energy storage project to be located about halfway between Coleambally and Jerilderie, on the land of the traditional owners of the Wiradjuri people and several smaller nations of the Murrumbidgee plains. The land is currently used for grazing, which would continue once the project is constructed.
The project is a State Significant Development and will require a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Two separate development applications will be submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment: the Dinawan Wind Farm, and the Dinawan Solar Farm. The Scoping Reports can be accessed on the project website at www.dinawanenergyhub.com.
The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Dinawan Solar Farm is in its final stages of preparation, and we anticipate that it will be made available for public exhibition in late 2023. This exhibition phase is a crucial step in the planning approval and assessment process, providing an opportunity for the community to examine comprehensive project plans and share their feedback by making submissions.
To facilitate engagement and address any queries or concerns, Spark Renewables intends to host community consultation drop-in sessions during the exhibition period. We will promptly announce the details of these sessions once the exhibition dates are confirmed, ensuring an inclusive and transparent process for all stakeholders.
Spark Renewables is holding a series of workshops to exchange ideas with community members on sharing the benefits of renewable energy. This is an open-invitation event to be held at three locations:
This is an open-invitation event to be held at three locations:
Coleambally Community Club, 3 Falcon Road, at 6pm on Tuesday, 22 August 2023
Darlington Point Sports Club, 6 Demamiel Street, at 6pm on Wednesday, 23 August 2023
Jerilderie Civic Hall, Ian Gilbert Room, 33 Jerilderie Street, at 6pm on Thursday, 24 August 2023
There will be a presentation of ideas put forward to date and experience from other projects, followed by an open discussion. Light refreshments will be provided.
If you’re unable to attend the workshops but interested in discussing benefit-sharing, please contact us to set up a meeting or a call via emailing email@example.com or leaving a message at 1300 271 419.
Dinawan Energy Hub project Scoping Reports submitted
16 November 2022
The Dinawan Energy Hub is a proposed hybrid wind, solar and battery storage project located about halfway between Coleambally and Jerilderie, on the land of the traditional owners of the Wiradjuri people and several smaller nations of the Murrumbidgee plains.
The Energy Hub is proposed to be within the NSW South-West Renewable Energy Zone and is developed by Spark Renewables, a leading developer and long-term owner of renewable energy projects.
Spark Renewables has commissioned consultants to undertake a series of preliminary environmental assessments and prepare two Scoping Reports: one for the proposed wind farm and one for the solar farm. The Scoping Reports outline the proposed project in more detail and identify important issues that will require further assessment, consultation or technical studies.
The Scoping Reports were submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) and are available vial the following links:
Next, the DPE will issue its requirements, known as Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs), within 28 days of receiving the Scoping Reports. The SEARs will need to be addressed in a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for each project that will be prepared over the coming year.
The community will be consulted further during the EIS preparation and have the opportunity to make a formal submission when the EIS goes on public exhibition.
If you have any questions or would like to set up a meeting, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 1300 271 419.
Generation capacity of 1,500 MW (wind farm) and 1,000 MW (solar farm).
‘On demand’ battery energy with a capacity of 300 MW.
Powering up to 1 million homes.
Equivalent to offsetting ~6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually or planting 160,000 eucalyptus trees each year.
Jobs and training: ~1,000 construction jobs and 50-100 operations and maintenance jobs.
This is the second community newsletter of the Dinawan Energy Hub (DEH) – a proposed hybrid wind, solar and battery storage project to be located about halfway between Coleambally and Jerilderie on the land of the traditional owners of the Wiradjuri people and several smaller nations of the Murrumbidgee plains.
Located within the South-West Renewable Energy Zone (REZ), the project would enable reliable, clean power to be dispatched to the National Electricity Market, offsetting the generation and carbon emission from ageing fossil fuel generators in NSW.
The DEH is being developed by Spark Renewables, a leading developer and long-term owner of renewable energy projects.
Planning Status: Scoping Reports Prepared
Spark Renewables has commissioned consultants to undertake a series of preliminary environmental assessments and prepare two Scoping Reports: one for the proposed wind farm and one for the solar farm with a battery. The Scoping Reports outline the proposed project in more detail and identify important issues that will require further assessment, consultation or technical studies.
The Scoping Reports were submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) and links to the documents can be found here:
DPE will issue its requirements, known as Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs), within 28 days of receiving the Scoping Reports. The SEARs will need to be addressed in a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for each project that will be prepared over the coming year. The community will be consulted further during the EIS preparation and have the opportunity to make a formal submission when the EIS goes on public exhibition.
Please contact us if you wish to be added to our database for future updates.
There will be a range of opportunities for the regional community hosting the DEH project to benefit, including a large community benefit scheme. We have heard different ideas for how the community could benefit, including electricity discount schemes, improved telecommunications, community solar farms, upgraded community club facilities and improved health services. We are keen to hear any ideas from community members as the community benefit scheme is developed. If you wish to have a chat or organise a time to meet, please contact us at email@example.com leave a message at 1300 271 419.
The first community consultation sessions for the Dinawan Energy Hub were held at the townships of Coleambally on the 7 December, and Jerilderie on the 8 December 2021. Community members could drop in to engage with the Spark Renewables development team, read posters and FAQs about the proposed project, and provide feedback on the proposal via a survey.
The consultation sessions were advertised via local radio stations, newspapers, and mailbox letter drops. Around 30 individuals attended the sessions, including local residents, representatives of farming businesses and local organisations, as well as council staff.
Overall, feedback on the project was generally positive, with interest in the project size, technology, and mitigation of impacts. In terms of concerns, people wanted to understand how Spark Renewables would manage bushfire risk, impacts to native flora and fauna, and biodiversity. There were questions around the availability of workers during peak farming seasons, and plans for decommissioning and rehabilitation.
During the consultation, suggestions were made on potential community benefits, including improving telecommunications to enhance emergency communications, access to an electricity benefit sharing scheme, and a community fund that would provide funding for community projects over the life of the project.
Materials displayed at the consultation session are available here:
Community members that attended the drop-in sessions were encouraged to fill out a survey to evaluate community values around the proposed Dinawan Energy Hub. There were 13 completed responses to the survey. While the sample size is relatively small, it provides insight into some of the priorities of local residents.
Survey responses indicated that the three most beneficial outcomes of the Dinawan Energy Hub would be: investment in the local community (69% of respondents or 9 people), road upgrades (62% or 8 respondents), and clean energy (54% or 7 respondents). One respondent (8%) considered increased tourism and another considered partnerships with Local Aboriginal Land Councils a beneficial outcome.
What aspects about the proposed project would you consider to be most beneficial?
Over half of the respondents (54% or 7 respondents) considered bushfire risk management as the most important concern relating to the project, with just under half of the respondents (46% or 6 respondents) also considering flora and fauna an important issue. Less than 1 in 4 people (23% or 3 respondents) would be concerned with the visual aspect, traffic and road safety, or land use impacts. 2 people (or 15% of respondents) considered noise an important concern and 2 people had no concerns about the project.
What aspects of the proposed project would you consider to be your main concerns?
Of all listed aspects, farming was considered most important by respondents (38% or 5 people), followed by landscape and native flora and fauna (23% or 3 respondents). One respondent considered community or family a valuable aspect in the area, and another respondent considered that to be work opportunities (8%). There were no responses for local history or cultural heritage.
What aspects do you value most in the area?
The survey will remain open and we will continue to collect feedback from the local community and stakeholders as development of the Dinawan Energy Hub proceeds. The survey can be accessed via this link.
Dinawan Energy Hub consultation sessions, 7-8 December 2021
19 November 2021
Spark Renewables has commenced community consultation for the proposed Dinawan Energy Hub – a hybrid wind, solar and battery storage project. Informal drop-in sessions will be held at the Coly Club on Tuesday, 7 December 2021, and at the Jerilderie Council Hall on Wednesday, 8 December 2021. Drop in any time between 2pm to 7pm to meet the team and discuss the project.
Community consultation commences for the proposed Dinawan Energy Hub
21 October 2021
Spark Renewables has commenced community consultation for the proposed Dinawan Energy Hub – a hybrid wind, solar and battery storage project with a generation capacity of up to 2.5 gigawatts.
The project would be located on grazing country about halfway between Coleambally and Jerilderie and would connect to the recently committed Project EnergyConnect interconnector which will pass through the area.
The combined output from the solar and wind farms, coupled with battery storage, would generate enough reliable, clean electricity to power more than one million Australian homes. The project would help mitigate the impact of coal fired power station closures in New South Wales, while offsetting the emission of more than five million tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Spark Renewables has organised informal drop-in sessions at the Coly Club on Tuesday, 7 December 2021 and at the Jerilderie Council Hall on Wednesday, 8 December 2021. Both sessions will run from 2pm to 7pm and community members can drop in at any time to meet the team and discuss the project.
Anthony Marriner, Head of Spark Renewables, said: “We have now commenced the development process and are keen to meet the local community. Local knowledge on land-use, community needs and regional priorities provides valuable information that can be incorporated into the project.”
“The project will undergo a rigorous planning and assessment process. If approved, we would look to start construction of the first stage in 2024, with first operations to commence in 2025.”
“The construction and operation of the Dinawan Energy Hub would create more than a thousand jobs and provide economic stimulus to the local businesses and community organisations.”
For those who can’t attend the drop-in sessions, more information can be found on the project website www.dinawanenergyhub.com, including the first project newsletter. The Spark Renewables team can also be reached on 1300 271 419.
This is the first community newsletter of the Dinawan Energy Hub (DEH) – a hybrid wind, solar and battery storage project planned for an area about halfway between Coleambally and Jerilderie on the land of the traditional owners of the Murrumbidgee plains.
What is proposed?
The solar farm would consist of photovoltaic (PV) modules mounted on single axis trackers that slowly rotate and follow the sun from east to west each day. The wind farm would consist of wind turbine generators, typically spaced about 500-1,000m apart and connected via underground cables and all-weather roads.
Once constructed, sheep would continue to graze on both the solar and wind farm land. Spark Renewables has successfully implemented this at Bomen Solar Farm north of Wagga Wagga. A containerised battery energy storage system would be built with the solar farm, enabling electricity to be exported when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing.
Our face-to-face open drop-in sessions will be held in the following locations from 2pm-7pm:
TUESDAY, 7 DECEMBER: COLEAMBALLY BOWLING CLUB AUDITORIUM
WEDNESDAY, 8 DECEMBER: JERILDERIE COUNCIL HALL (IAN GILBERT ROOM)
You are welcome to drop in at any time to meet the Spark Renewables team, ask questions and obtain information about the DEH. If you are unable to make these drop-in sessions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 271 419 to have a chat or organise another time to meet.