The Yass Solar Energy Park is a proposed large-scale development that aims to harness solar energy to store and deliver more affordable, reliable and clean electricity for homes and businesses in NSW. The energy park will include the construction of a solar farm and energy storage system (battery) and will operate alongside agricultural activities.
Located south-west of Yass, the Energy Park will generate, store and provide renewable energy, leveraging existing transmission infrastructure in the local area.
The project is currently in the initial stages of consulting with local community members and conducting feasibility studies.
- Typically, renewable energy projects can take between three and seven years, from initial concept through to construction, with Yass Solar Energy Park currently developing an initial concept
- To support the transition to more affordable and cleaner energy, Yass Solar Energy Park aims to have a generating capacity of 139 megawatts, which is enough to power 51,000 average NSW homes
- To achieve a 139 megawatt capacity, preliminary estimates indicate the development may include up to 220,000 solar panels.
Thank you to all those who attended our Community Information Sessions held at the Yass Soldier’s Memorial Hall in May. It was great to meet so many local residents and gain valuable feedback on the project.
Also, a big thank you to the Yass Lions Club volunteers who provided a free afternoon tea and breakfast.
If you missed these sessions and would like to find out more, the team are available to answer questions over the phone on 1800 845 067 or by emailing
Nationwide, the transition to a greater mix of low emission renewable energy sources will provide cleaner and more affordable energy for households and businesses that will lower power bills and establish a more secure and reliable electricity service.
For the local community, Yass Solar Energy Park will provide a range of direct and indirect economic benefits including increased local employment and contractor opportunities, with increased spending and activity in the local economy.
As the proposal progresses and in consultation with the community, additional opportunities to provide benefits to the local community will be developed.
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We have developed a short Community Feedback survey to capture feedback on what’s most important to the local community, future engagement activities and project benefits. Provide your feedback and help shape the project, programs and initiatives that truly benefit the local community.
Planning Timeline and Documents
The project will require planning approval from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE), which will involve a scoping report and environmental impact statement (EIS).
We are currently in the initial stages of the proposal, conducting early engagement and preliminary studies to develop a concept planning Timeline and Documents
Early engagement and preliminary studiesadd add
Initial stakeholder feedback and local studies, like ecology and cultural heritage surveys, will help our understanding of local values and points of interest to be considered in the concept design for the Yass Solar Energy Park.
Scoping Report lodgementadd add
A scoping report will be lodged with NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE), detailing the results of the early engagement and preliminary studies. The Scoping Report will inform the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) which will detail requirements for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Continued engagement and specialist studiesadd add
Continued community feedback will assist in identifying matters to be considered in environmental, cultural and social studies that will ultimately be factored into the design and operations of the Yass Solar Energy Park. Feedback will also be used to minimise potential impacts and maximise benefits.
EIS lodgement and exhibitionadd add
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be lodged with DPE and will be on exhibition for formal community and stakeholder feedback. The EIS will detail the proposed design, results of the specialist studies and outcomes of engagements.
Response to submissions and planning approvaladd add
DPE will consider the formal EIS feedback in making its recommendations for planning approval. We will continue to engage local community members and other stakeholders after the EIS is submitted and, subject to approval, throughout construction and ongoing operations.
Why is the project needed?add add
Electricity generation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, with the National Electricity Market (NEM) dominated by coal-fired power stations. The NEM is one of the largest interconnected electricity systems in the world and connects the electricity grids of the six eastern and southern states and territories to deliver around 80 percent of all electricity consumption in Australia.
The Australian energy landscape is transitioning to a greater mix of low-emission renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. At the same time, consumers are demanding lower power bills and a more secure and reliable service.
The state government’s Roadmap aims to deliver 12 GW of new renewable energy capacity and 2 GW long-duration energy storage by 2030, with the expected retirement of four NSW coal-fired power stations.
The Yass Solar Energy Park will help support the NSW Government to facilitate a transition from coal-fired power generation to renewable energy, increasing the supply of clean energy to the network. The project will generate, store and provide renewable energy, leveraging existing transmission infrastructure in the local area.
What infrastructure will be on site?add add
The proposed infrastructure includes:
- solar arrays
- energy storage system (battery)
- operations and maintenance building(s)
- ancillary and supporting infrastructure such as electrical cabling, internal access roads, and connection substations.
How will you consult the community?add add
ENGIE is committed to open and transparent engagement with stakeholders and welcomes the opportunity to work with local residents and community members.
Stakeholder and community consultation will occur across all stages of the development proposal.
ENGIE will actively engage with landholders and communities throughout the scoping phase to identify local considerations that will assist in refining a design for the proposed energy park. Initial investigations are underway to understand the environmental and engineering considerations.
Consultation activities and opportunities to engage will occur from early 2023 and ongoing. As part of the NSW planning approval process, formal submissions will be invited via the NSW DPE ‘Have Your Say’ webpage.
Information on the Yass Solar Energy Park and how to participate in consultation activities will be made available on the website. If you have any questions, please contact us.
What are the economic benefits of the Yass Solar Energy Park?add add
The proposed development of Yass Solar Energy Park will provide a range of direct and indirect economic benefits, including:
- increased local employment and contractor opportunities during construction and operation
- increased spending and activity in the local economy
- creation of a community benefits program for local initiatives
- supporting the transition to cleaner and cheaper energy for Australian households and businesses.
Supplier and employment opportunities
ENGIE has a robust local engagement strategy and is firmly committed to creating jobs for local people and engaging with Indigenous and local suppliers. Whether it’s earthworks, infrastructure, building contractors, machinery operators and engineering, or accommodation, administration, catering, freight and cleaners – a number of skills and suppliers will be required by our head contractor during the construction phase of the project, including opportunities for local and Indigenous suppliers.
The proposed project will be delivered for and on behalf of ENGIE via ‘head contractors.’ The head contractors will be responsible for subcontracting a range of skills and suppliers. As part of our key objectives for the project, ENGIE will continue to work closely with its head contractors to ensure the delivery and quality of opportunities for local and Indigenous people and suppliers.
To register your interest, please contact the team on 1800 845 067 or email [email protected]
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