The Limondale Sun Farm development site is located around 14km south from the town of Balranald in south-western New South Wales.
This area was settled in the mid 1800's by graziers and farmers. The project has been named in honour of the Limon family who were early pioneers of this area.
The site was identified by OVERLAND because of its location next to the Transgrid 220kV substation, the large open areas of land that have been cleared for wheat and cereal production and the long days of sunshine that occur in this region.
The landowners are fully supportive of developing the site for solar energy and see "farming the sun" as a complement to farming the land.
We would like to thank the landowners, community and Council at and around Balranald for their support during the development of this exciting project.
The development site for the sun farm includes large, open areas to the west and east of the Transgrid substation. The 220kV Buronga to Darlington Point electricity transmission line passes through both areas of the site.
An important factor in selecting the site for a sun farm was the opportunity to construct a sun farm on the land and build electrical connection lines to the substation without the need to clear vegetation in the Travelling Stock Route. These routes have been a historical life line for grazing cattle over long distances across Australia and often have significant natural vegetation and heritage values.
The NSW Government has classified the Limondale Sun Farm project as a State Significant Development and therefore the NSW government planning approvals process applies.
OVERLAND is currently completing all the studies and assessments that are required under the NSW planning process and will submit an Environmental Impact Statement to the government shortly.
A fact sheet on the Limondale Sun Farm can be downloaded here.