Richmond Valley Solar & BESS

The area around Richmond Valley's Myrtle Creek is a great location for solar energy generation with an excellent solar resource and proximity to existing transmission infrastructure.

The project area is currently used for cattle grazing, and approximately 7 km east of Rappville and 25 km south of Casino in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

The project involves a solar farm that could generate up to 500 megawatts and a long-duration battery energy storage system (BESS) to support the electricity needs of NSW consumers and the state's energy network.

The BESS will use LFP (Lithium-iron phosphate) technology and is capable of providing a power capacity of 275 megawatts and an energy storage capacity of up to 2,200 megawatt hours over 8 hours.

Ark Energy is in the process of lodging the project's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS responds to the project's Planning Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). The SEARs and other planning documentation for the project is available from its page in the NSW Government's Major Projects portal.

Input from interested community members and other stakeholders is welcome to help shape the project and maximise community benefits.

If you have any questions or comments please send these to the project team via email or the online feedback form.

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