The Vales Point solar facility is expected to generate enough renewable energy to power 15,000 homes.
The Vales Point Ash Dam (VPAD) consists of a series of operational and closed landfill cells bordered by Rutleys Road, the Pacific Highway and Wyee. The closed cells have been capped with soil and rehabilitated with native grasses.
Delta is currently investigating an option for the establishment of a utility scale solar field on approximately 80 hectares of this rehabilitated land.
An initial solar capacity assessment has found that up to 55 MW of renewable energy could be generated.
The proposed solar project is expected to have a capital investment in the range $75-115 million, generate 100 construction jobs over 18 months and 5 full time ongoing positions.
Once environmental and development approvals are obtained, a final investment decision will be made and construction could commence in early 2019. Construction is expected to last about 18 months.
Because of the size of the project, the proposal is classified as State Significant Development (SSD) under Part 4 of the Environment Planning and Assessment Act (1979). SSDs are major projects which require approval from the Minister for Planning and Environment.
Delta has submitted the project development application and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
This is an important milestone for the project and marks the start of the public exhibition period which provides the community and other interested stakeholders with an opportunity to review and comment on the development application.
The EIS assesses the environmental impacts of the project, including the key areas of:
The EIS identifies that while there would be some environmental impacts as a consequence of the project such as temporary traffic inconvenience, noise and ecology impacts, they have been avoided or minimised wherever possible through design and mitigation measures. The beneficial effects of renewable energy generation on land unsuitable for other development is considered to outweigh the mostly temporary adverse impacts and risks associated with the project.
Delta will continue to work with key stakeholders to develop a project that meets community expectations and achieves a long term sustainable outcome for future electricity generation in the local area.
Delta is interested in community input to the approvals process and there is an opportunity for comment on the project during the public exhibition period from 16 February 2018 until 18 March 2018.
View the Vales Point Solar Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or make a submission here
For more information please view Delta's recent media release about the Vales Point Solar Project
or contact the Vales Point power Station on (02) 4352 6111.