Given its significant potential to contribute to the economic and clean energy priorities of NSW, the Walla Walla Solar Farm proposal is considered a State Significant Development by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
Approval for the project concept was obtained in November 2020 after the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) referred the project to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC). Both DPIE and the IPC carried out a detailed assessment on the proposal in accordance with detailed environmental, economic and social land use planning requirements, including a site visit. The IPC provided development consent for the proposal, and the final assessment and permit documents can be found here
Detailed Project information including copies of the solar farm Environmental Impact Statement can be found on the Department’s Planning Portal, please see here.
Modifications to the Approved Project concept have been proposed. These changes are currently with the Department for assessment. Changes relate to:
- Substation pole heights
- PV Panel heights
- Proposed site access – transport route.
Should these be approved, changes will not alter the footprint or output of the solar farm.
Further details on Modifications can be found here.