Sapphire Solar

Australia’s largest hybrid renewable energy project

The proposed Sapphire Solar Farm is currently under development and is open for consultation.

As a c 200 MW hybrid solar and battery power facility, co-located with the Sapphire Wind Farm, the planned development will represent Australia’s largest hybrid renewable energy project. The proposed project will connect wind and solar generation with battery storage, expanding the credentials of New South Wales’ New England region as a leader in renewable energy.

When complete, the Sapphire Solar Farm would provide enough energy to power 68,000 average Australian homes a year. It would also play a vital role in helping the Australian Government meet the COP21 emissions target reduction of 26-28% by 2030 and support New South Wales’ climate change policy.

The facility perfectly complements the Sapphire Wind Farm allowing the up to 170 MW of merchant wind generation to also be stored and dispatched with solar energy.

Quick facts

Sustainable. Renewable. Zero emissions.

Solar power is a natural choice for reducing dependency on fossil fuels.

  • c 200 MW capacity

  • Power 68,000 homes

  • $220 million investment

About the project

Co-located with the Sapphire Wind Farm, the proposed Sapphire Solar Farm provides a unique opportunity to create Australia’s largest hybrid renewable energy project – connecting wind and solar generation, alongside battery storage to the National Electricity Market.

Located 30km east of Inverell on 11 hectares, the site facilities will include battery storage, solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, electrical transformers and inverters and other ancillary equipment.

The project is expected to commence construction in mid-2018 and completed by early 2019.

Sapphire Solar - Project Timeline

Consultation with host landowners commenced

March 2016

Presentations to the SWF Community Consultative Committee

August 2016

Community and landowner meeting

March 2017

Consultation with mining lease and exploration licence holders

June 2017

Preliminary Environmental Assessment report

August 2017

Draft EIS Statement

December 2017

EIS public exhibition

January 2018

Expected construction to commence

Q2/Q3 2018

Expected construction to be completed

Q2 2019

Have your say

Do you have questions or comments about the proposed project?

We welcome your feedback, whether it’s a formal submission to the EIS or sending us a message by phone, email or letter.

Download the Preliminary Environmental Assessment report

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Why solar, why CWP – the time is now

With over two decades of renewable energy development experience and 4,200 MW of installed capacity across 20 countries, CWP Renewables delivers world-class renewable energy development expertise in Australia.

And the technology just keeps getting better. Wind and solar power are now the cheapest new power generation options that can be built today. Battery storage technology is rapidly advancing too, enabling renewable energy to be stored and then ‘dispatched’ when it is needed. Wind and solar generation with battery storage delivers ‘baseload’ generation without emissions.

Australia is fortunate to have the largest solar radiation per square metre of any continent in the world. Now, more than 2 million Australians have a solar system on their roof. In 2017, Australia is experiencing an unprecedented $8 billion investment in renewable energy – seeing over 4,000 new jobs and indirect economic benefits to local communities.

At the COP21 climate talks in Paris (December 2015), the Australian Government committed to (and has now

ratified) an emissions target of a 26-28% reduction by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.

The NSW Government has also recently developed a draft NSW Climate Change Policy Framework in support of the COP21 commitments and to demonstrate action on climate change. While still in its infancy, long-term objectives of this framework include achieving net zero emissions by 2050, and enabling NSW to become more resilient to climate change. This includes taking advantage of opportunities to grow new industries in

NSW, such as ‘advanced energy’, including combined renewables and storage.