New England Solar Farm
Located across two solar fields near Uralla in New South Wales, the 720-megawatt solar farm is set to become one of the biggest solar photovoltaic power generation projects in Australia. It’s being developed by leading renewable energy developer UPC\AC Renewables Australia and will be built in the New England Renewable Energy Zone, which has been selected to host the development of up to 8,000MW of renewable generation capacity.

Once constructed, the project is expected to produce 1,800,000 megawatt-hours of clean, renewable electricity each year; enough to power more than 250,000 typical homes in New South Wales.


The New England Renewable Energy Zone is part of the NSW state government’s AUD $79 million plan to deliver new energy infrastructure to lower electricity costs, create jobs and ensure the region becomes a key area for renewable energy investment.


Integrated renewable energy solutions

New England Solar Farm is being built in two stages by Green Light Contractors. Stage one will comprise the initial 400MW solar farm and a 33/330 kilovolt substation to connect to Transgrid’s network. SMEC completed geotechnical investigations, feasibility studies and pile design in 2020 and was subsequently engaged to develop the concept through to detailed design in 2021. The scope included early works and technical support across geotechnical, environmental, civil, structural, and electrical disciplines. SMEC is highly experienced in delivering geotechnical investigations and pile design works for renewable energy projects, having delivered more than 80 such projects over the past three years.


Talk to one of our specialists about our role on the New England Solar Farm Project.