Mates Gully Solar Farm Community Newsletter #1
1 February 2022
The proposal: Mates Gully Solar Farm
The Mates Gully Solar Farm is a proposed solar farm development to be located approximately 30 km east of Wagga Wagga, between Borambola and Tarcutta (Wagga Wagga City Council Local Government Area). The solar farm is being developed by Spark Renewables, a leading developer and long term owner and operator of renewable energy projects.
What is proposed?
The proposed solar farm would consist of photovoltaic (PV) panels mounted onto single axis trackers that slowly rotate and follow the sun each day.
The proposal includes a containerised battery energy storage system, which will provide ‘on demand’ generation or ‘firming’ to the electricity grid.
The battery system would store electricity from the solar panels when the sun is at its peak, and then distribute this energy into to the electricity grid at other times of the day.
Launch of community consultation
The project is in early stages of development and must undergo a rigorous planning and assessment process. We will undertake extensive community consultation prior to formal development application to planning authorities, and invite all stakeholders and community members to get involved and voice their questions or concerns.
Virtual community meetings Due to the challenges of COVID-19, we understand it is not always safe or comfortable for everyone to join in-person community meetings. We would like to invite you to either a lunch-time or after-work virtual community meeting via Zoom. The format will be in a presentation followed by an open Q&A forum. The meetings will take place on:
- Tuesday, 22 February 2022, 12.30-1.45pm
- Tuesday, 22 February 2022, 6-7.15pm