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Silverleaf Solar Farm

ENGIE is investing in new energy for a brighter future

ENGIE has a global vision of a future powered by renewable energy.

We currently operate two wind farms in South Australia and have plans to develop three major solar farms across Queensland and New South Wales.

Proposed Solar Farm

ENGIE is proposing to develop and operate the Silverleaf Solar Farm, about five kilometres north-west of Narrabri.

If approved, it would have a capacity of about 120 megawatts using solar photovoltaic panels to produce electricity. The project also includes a step-up electrical substation, site office and storage area, and potential for future development of a battery energy storage system.

Expected to create up to 100 jobs during the peak of construction
Capacity of 120 MW
Solar Photovoltaic Panels
Solar Photovoltaic Panels
Located 5km north west of Narrabri, NSW
Located 5km north west of Narrabri, NSW
Stationed across 330 hectares of rural land
Completion in 2021
The proposed solar farm site is about 330 hectares in area and located on two rural private properties in the Narrabri local government area. The site is accessible from the Kamilaroi Highway with the main entrance located on Logans Lane, a council-owned road with no through access.

What’s happening now?

ENGIE has submitted an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. The EIS is an assessment of key issues related to the site and the project during its design, construction, operation and decommissioning phases. It covers items such as:

  • Noise and vibration
  • Visual amenity
  • Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage
  • Biodiversity
  • Land use and land capability
  • Traffic, transport and access
  • Hydrology, groundwater and water quality
  • Bushfire
  • Waste
  • Social and economic impacts
The EIS also includes feedback received during consultation from stakeholders, including the community.

Next steps

Once the EIS has been reviewed and accepted by the Department of Planning and Environment, it is placed on public exhibition for at least 30 days. As the proposal is considered to be State Significant Development, the consent authority for the project is the NSW Minister for Planning and Environment.

Solar energy is an unlimited source of free energy that can be converted into electricity using a range of ever-improving techniques. Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are currently the most widespread type of solar PV technology, however other types of solar PV are being developed that can be integrated into buildings, such as flexible PV and even PV paint. Have a look at the great work of Heliatek.

According to the International Energy Agency, renewable power capacity is set to expand by 50% between 2019 and 2024, led by solar PV. Solar energy could account for as much as 16% of total electricity production by 2050 (compared to 1.8% in 2016).

That’s why companies like ENGIE are investing in solar energy, an inexhaustible energy source with low CO2 emissions which sustainably meets our emerging energy needs.

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