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Bonshaw 120 MW PV & Battery farm


GAIA Australia


Bonshaw, NSW

About The Project

The $238 million Bonshaw solar site, planned to be operational by end 2022, will have the capacity to generate energy for around 70,000 homes. The large-scale project includes a 120MW PV solar farm and up to 200 MWh of lithium-ion battery storage capacity. Set on a 149-greenfield site, the facility will connect to a 330kV Transgrid substation.

CNF was engaged by GAIA Australia during the early planning stages to assist with the concept design and development application (DA) documentation.

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The solar farm was approved by all the relevant government authorities for construction at the end of 2021. To support the approval process, CNF produced a full set of DA drawings and related documentation including the design and drafting of:

  • The initial field layout based on preliminary environmental assessments, considering all exclusion zones, fire break boundaries, access roads and easements on site.
  • PCUs (inverters) and 33kV reticulation network positioning.
  • 33kV switch room and axillary utilities.
  • 33 to 330kV transformer, switchyard and network connection point.
  • Preliminary access and internal roads.
  • Battery Storage System layout and connection design.
  • PV system plant performance simulation.

CNF also prepared the technical sections of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

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