Located across two solar fields near Uralla, New South Wales (NSW), the 720 megawatt (MW) New England 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 and will be built in the New England Renewable Energy Zone, which has been selected to host the development of up to 8,000 MW of renewable generation capacity. This region is part of the NSW state government’s AUD $79 million plan to deliver new energy infrastructure to lower electricity bills, create jobs and ensure the region becomes a key area for renewable energy investment.
SMEC has been engaged by Green Light Contractors (GLC), the Australian EPC arm of Elecnor, to deliver the technical support, concept and detailed engineering design works on Stage 1 of the New England solar farm. The project scope includes early works and concept and detailed design and involves construction support across geotechnical, environmental, civil, structural and electrical disciplines.
The solar farm will be built in two stages, with the first 400MW (AC) stage and the 33/330 kilovolt (kV) substation being installed by Green Light Contractors across the northern section of the site. Once fully constructed, the project is expected to produce 1,800,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean, renewable electricity each year; enough to power more than 250,000 typical NSW homes.
Once the solar farm is completed, SMEC will have been directly involved in the development, design and delivery of over 10 GW of utility-scale solar farms in Australia, a significant contribution to Australia’s renewable energy future.
- New South Wales, Australia
- Technical Area:
- Renewable energy, solar farms, design
- Green Light Contractors (GLC)