Frequently Asked Questions
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Who are Reach Solar and have you constructed solar projects this before?
Reach Solar Energy is a Solar Development company based in Melbourne. Reach has developed the Bungala solar project located at Port Augusta in South Australia. The Bungala project will have a total capacity of 300MW(AC). Stages 1 and 2 of Bungala having a combined capacity of 220MW(ac) are constructed and generating electricity. Stage 3, 80MW(ac), I targeted to commence construction in Q2, 2019.
How big is the project and what this means to number of panels?
The Yarrabee project is designed to be up to 900MW(AC), which would make it the largest approved solar PV project in NSW. The project is likely to be built in phases, which will match commercial arrangements for contracting the generated capacity.
Have you considered traffic management?
Whilst a solar project is mainly comprised of light weight construction materials, the scale of the Yarrebee project means that there will be an ongoing supply of equipment and materials to the site. Transport arrangements will be carefully planned and implemented to ensure that any impact on the local community is minimised. To this end, a detailed Traffic Management Plant forms one of the conditions of consent to the Development Application.
It is expected that the Project could generate in the order of 40 to 60 heavy vehicle and between 10 and 50 light vehicle movements per day. This estimated vehicle generation is dependent on the duration of the construction period and would only likely be experienced for a short-term period. Once operational, the heavy vehicle traffic generation of the Project would be limited.
The Development Application consent conditions allow for 50 hevay vehicle movements per day during construction.
Where will the power go?
Yarrabee is a large scale, grid connected solar facility. This means that all power generation will be sold into the National Grid System via the existing 330kV transmission line which exists in that area. The customers for the energy will be large electricity retailers.
Will there be any Environmental Impacts?
By design, Solar PV facilities are not associated with environmental emissions. However, as part of the planning application, all aspects of environmental impact were examined and presented in the “Environmental Impact Study”. The conditions of consent to the planning application have addressed any environmental impacts and established requirements for the development of any necessary mitigation measures.
Will there be any positives for the community?
It is expected that the phased construction will last about 4 years, during which time it is expected a peak workforce of up to 450 people will be employed on the site. These staff will be employed by various sub-contractors. Due to the logistics of getting to and from the site, it is expected a large number of the construction team will be accommodated within Narrendera and other local towns. The increase in activity within Narrendera is expected to be positive, bringing increased spending across a number of social sectors.