Green light for $700m solar and battery project

Plans to build a massive 720MW solar farm with up to 400MWh of battery storage in New South Wales’ New England region have received the final green light from the state’s Independent Planning Commission.

Renew Economy is reporting the IPC had approved the $768-million UPC/AC Renewables project, with some conditions, having been asked to review the state significant development (SSD) application after 67 public objections were received during exhibition.

The IPC said the objections to the huge project – which will span 3362 hectares of agricultural land, just east of Uralla – centred on compatibility of the proposed land use, visual amenity, transport and traffic management, and decommissioning and rehabilitation.

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