Solar Project

The Response to Submissions for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of the Bendemeer Solar Farm has been submitted and is currently under assessment. You can view the status of the project below: Major Projects Portal


Following public submissions and ongoing community engagement, considerable amendments have been made to the proposed solar project. These amendments can be accessed below, along with a summary of the studies undertaken in the EIS, which can be accessed below:

Project Amendment Summary                    EIS Summary


The Bendemeer Renewable Energy Hub solar project will create a range of social and economic opportunities for the Bendemeer region and local surrounding areas, as well as creating environmental benefits for the New England region to build a sustainable future with renewable energy. 

The proposed solar farm will generate an estimated 577,000 MWh of renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 420,000 tonnes CO2, per year. For scale, the project will generate enough energy equivalent to powering 74,000 NSW homes!  

The solar farm will cover an area of up to 350.8 hectares, and there will be approximately 430,000 solar modules created for the project. The solar panel technology will be monocrystalline silicon, and will use up to 5,000 single-axis mounting technology trackers. With a project nameplate (DC) rating of 257 MW, the total disturbance footprint will span across approximately 389 hectares (961 acres).

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The Bendemeer Renewable Energy Hub team have created a space for Frequently Asked Questions about the solar project asked by the community to be answered all in one place. The FAQ page can also be found in the Solar Fact Book, that has been developed for the solar project to give community members and residents a greater understanding of the project. These books will be updated as the projects progress.

An online copy of the most up to date information book can be found here – Solar Information Book

Q: There are several renewable energy projects proposed in our region. Are cumulative impacts taken into account?
Q: Can solar panels cause harm or injury to diving birds of prey?
Q: How are noise impacts from the solar farm assessed?
Q: How will visual impact be assessed for the solar farm?
Q: Will the project impact the value of my property?
Q: How close is the proposed project to Bendemeer?
Q: What happens if project ownership is transferred or sold?
Q: How is the project team engaging with the local community?
Q: How is BREH proposing to engage with project neighbours?
Q: Are renewable energy projects considered industrial development?
Q: Will existing land management practices including farming continue on the project site?
Q: How will the project impact water flows onsite?
Q: How are bushfire hazards being managed for the project?

Project Timeline

The approximate timeline for the solar project is listed below, and will be updated as necessary as the project progresses.

All information regarding the solar project, including documentation related to each stage of the process, will be available in the process updates section below

Additionally, you can access information regarding the project on the NSW Government’s Major Projects Planning Portal.

Site Identification

Comprehensive analysis of wind and solar resources, environmental and engineering constraints, and proximity to electricity grid, services and infrastructure.

Site identification for the solar and wind farm, and execution of landholder agreements.


Commencement – 2019


Execution of Land Option Agreements – December 2020

Planning and Approvals

All State Significant developments are required to prepare a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement to ensure the project achieves an appropriate balance between environmental, social and economic considerations and is in the public interest.


Scoping Report submitted – January 2022

SEARS Received – March 2022

EIS Submission – July 2023


Public Exhibition – August 2023

DPE Assessment – February – May 2024

Determination – anticipated August 2024


Grid Connection Approvals

Anticipated December 2024

Financial Close

All financing agreements are executed, Engineering Procurement and Construction contracts are awarded and any conditions precedent for financing are met so that construction may commence.



Anticipated June 2025 – December 2026

Commissioning and Operation

Undertaking all required engineering and electrical due diligence and connecting the project to the electricity grid to feed energy into the Australian Electricity Market.


Anticipated October 2026 – March 2027

Recommissioning or Decommissioning

The project life is approximately 30 years. At this time feasibility studies and landholder consultation would be undertaken to determine if the project is to be recommissioned (rebuilt with latest technology at the time) or decommissioned, components recycled and the land rehabilitated to its pre-existing condition.

Anticipated 2057

Project Process Updates

Scoping Report
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
State significant development applications (DA)