Bringing solar power to regional NSW
Bonshaw 120 MW PV & Battery farm
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.
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).