About Sebastopol Solar Farm

Sebastopol Solar Farm will be constructed on private land approximately 16 kilometres south of Temora in New South Wales, within the Temora and Junee Shire Local Government Areas.

The proposed solar farm will be installed across the 248-hectare site. The solar farm will generate enough clean, renewable energy to power approx. 40,000 NSW homes. The solar farm will connect to the existing 132 kV Essential Energy transmission line which runs west of the site. The solar farm layout avoids most environmental constraints and has been designed to minimise the removal of remnant native vegetation.

Who is developing the project?

  • FRV Services Australia is the owner of the Sebastopol Solar Farm project.
  • The project’s previous owner, ib vogt sold the project development rights to FRV in March 2020.
  • FRV, as new owners, are committed to developing a reliable and safe clean energy asset for the region and continuing community engagement throughout the project’s lifetime.
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Peak Power: 90 MW AC
CO2 Avoided: 77.600 tons t/Year
Households Supplied: 40,000 Homes
Surface: 248 Hectares
Operation Start: 2021
System Type: Solar photovoltaic with single axis tracking

How will the project be assessed?

Given its significant potential to contribute to the economic and clean energy priorities of NSW, the Sebastopol Solar Farm proposal was assessed as a State Significant Development by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

  • A request for Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements was lodged with the Department of Planning and Environment in February 2018. The assessment requirements were issued in March 2018 and guided the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposal.
  • A Preliminary Environmental Assessment was completed by consultants NGH Environmental during late 2017 and early 2018.
  • Between March and August 2018, the potential environmental impacts of the proposal were assessed by consultants NGH Environmental and have been reported in an Environmental Impact Statement.
  • The Development Application for the solar farm was submitted in September 2018. The solar farm Environmental Impact Statement was placed on public exhibition from 10 October to 7 November 2018
  • The project achieved development consent from the NSW Minister for Planning and Environment in February 2019 under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The assessment and approval documents are available to be viewed online at the Department’s Major Projects website

The Development Consent and Conditions are available here’, ‘The Final Layout is available here

The following Management Plans have been approved for the project:

An Independent Environment Audit (IEA) was undertaken to assess the environmental performance and compliance status of the Sebastopol Solar Farm. The audit findings and the contractor response to the minor non-compliances can be found below:

Bright Prospects

Sebastopol Solar Farm will deliver significant benefits to the region:

  • Construction will create significant job opportunities. FRV requires all contractors working on its solar farm developments to hire local contractors and utilise local suppliers wherever possible. It is estimated that around 150 workers will be required to construct the project.
  • During operations 2 to 3 ongoing operational roles will be created. Maintenance contracts for panel cleaning, fence repair, road grading, etc. would also be required and would likely be met by local contractors.
  • The employment benefits extend through the local supply chains to fuel supply, vehicle servicing, hotels/motels, B&B’s, cafés, pubs, catering, cleaning companies, tradespersons, tool and equipment suppliers and many other businesses.
  • Located on the transmission line between Temora and Wagga Wagga, the project will deliver clean, zero emissions electricity to meet the region’s energy needs and helps further the development of the NSW clean energy industry.

Powering the Future

  • Sebastopol Solar Farm will utilise state of the art solar photovoltaic panels mounted on a horizontal, single-axis tracking system that enable the panels to track the sun. This technology operates in varying daylight conditions including low light and cloudy weather and is extremely efficient for generating clean electricity with minimal noise, water consumption or waste.
  • The solar farm would consist of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels similar to those installed throughout Australia on residential and commercial properties.
  • The panels will be mounted on steel frames supported by driven piles that will create minimal disturbance to the land. This will allow sheep to continue to graze in and around them once the solar farm is operational.
  • Once complete, Sebastopol Solar Farm is expected to generate for up to 30 years.