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 70 hectares of this rehabilitated land.
An initial solar capacity assessment has found that up to 45MW of renewable energy could be generated.
The proposed solar project is expected to involve a capital investment in excess of $30 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 2018. 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.
This involves significant environmental assessments to consider the impact of the proposal as well as community consultation and stakeholder engagement. Delta will 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.