The Orange Grove Sun Farm development site is located around 12km east of Gunnedah of New South Wales.
The site was identified by OVERLAND because of its proximity to the Gunnedah substation, relation to the TransGrid 132kV transmission line and the large open areas of rural land that is well grazed and provides opportunities to design a sun farm that integrates with local farming activities, environmental and social elements.
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 Gunnedah for their support during the development of this exciting project.
The development site for the sun farm includes large, open areas of land, which are to the north of TransGrid’s 132kV transmission line which runs parallel to Orange Grove road.
An important factor in selecting the site for a sun farm was the availability of an expansive area of cleared land that can accommodate the construction of a solar farm of a size that matches the local grid network system but still allows for the retention of stands of native vegetation and important drainage waterways.
The NSW Government has classified the Orange Grove 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.