MATES GULLY SOLAR FARM
Why this site?
There is excellent solar resource with one of the highest irradiance areas in the state, and existing 132kV transmission lines that cross the proposed site to enable connection of the project to the grid.
The solar farm would consist of ~2x1 metre photovoltaic (PV) panels with a generation capacity of 500-600 watts each. The panels would be mounted on single axis trackers that rotate with the sun.
Batteries provide firm generation ‘on demand’ for the electricity grid. Batteries would store electricity from the solar panels when the sun is at its peak and distribute to the electricity grid at other times of the day.
Jobs & training
Mates Gully Solar Farm is estimated to create around 200 jobs during construction, and up to 5 during the operational life. We would prioritise procurement of goods and services from nearby townships and Aboriginal-owned businesses.
Spark Renewables is aligned with commitments to achieving the target of 20% to involve Aboriginal-owned businesses, men and women in the project benefit-sharing initiatives to increase First Nations income and employment opportunities.
Long-term, distributed benefits for hosting the Mates Gully Solar Farm would be offered to the community in accordance with the impact on residents on three levels: electricity benefit scheme; community fund; and neighbour agreements.
Community Consultation Drop-In Session, 16 June 2022
- Download summary handout 'Scoping Report Information: Context, Impacts & Mitigation'
- Download posters (A3 size): Project Overview; Solar Farm & Battery Technology; Project Assessment; Community Engagement; Biodiversity; Landscape, Visual & Heritage; Construction & Operations; Land-Use & Decommissioning
Development Application & Environmental Impact Statement Documents
Virtual Community Meeting Presentation, 22 February 2022
Initial identification completed, consultation ongoing
Community Consultation and Preliminary Studies
Late 2022/Early 2023
Submission of Development Application and Environmental Impact Statement
Financial investment decision
Work With Us
Register your details - employment & supplier opportunities
We will contact all businesses and individuals if the Mates Gully Solar Farm project is approved and proceeds to construction.
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