The Solar Farm would be located approximately 17km south-east of Armidale on Lot 5 DP253346 which has an area of approximately 660ha. Additional areas north and east of the site are under consideration and are included in the outline boundary of the proposal in Figure 1. The total area of the site could be up to 920ha. The Solar Farm site is located north and south of Gara Road, just west of the intersection with Silverton Road. Silverton Road runs south from Waterfall Way which connects Armidale to the coast.
Timeline and Lifespan
It is planned for construction to commence in mid 2020 and would be completed during 2021 subject to the appropriate approvals. Construction of solar power farms is a fairly quick process, with minimal excavation and noisy work involved. For this Solar Farm, we will need to excavate cable trenches and secure the mounting system into the ground. Once this is completed, panels are placed onto the mounting systems and are connected.
Although this Project has been designed with a lifespan of 30 years, it is expected the Solar Farm can produce energy for several more decades. We intend to operate the Oxley Solar Farm for at least 30 years. Once this Project life has been reached, we may explore replacing the equipment with newer technologies.