The proposed Rodds Bay Solar Farm is a 300 megawatt (MW) solar farm project located near the township of Bororen, approximately 50km south of Gladstone, Queensland. The project is being developed by Renew Estate Pty Ltd, an Australian renewable energy company.
Rodds Bay Solar Farm would be located on land that is currently used for grazing and is near Gladstone city in Queensland.
About the Project
The proposed Rodds Bay Solar Farm is a 300 megawatt (MW) solar farm project. A solar farm of this size is expected to produce over 610 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of renewable energy each year, enough to power approximately 88,000 Australian homes.
The project will feature high-efficiency photovoltaic (PV) modules mounted on a single-axis tracking array structure. The tracking system will orient the solar modules to follow the sun from east to west each day. The tracking structures will be mounted on piles, which will be screwed or pile driven, eliminating the need for concrete and foundations.
This construction methodology would keep ground disturbance to a minimum and maintain the maximum amount of existing vegetation possible (considering environmental and bushfire management requirements). The vegetation onsite would likely be maintained by grazing sheep.
The operational lifetime of the solar farm would be 30 years, at which time the site will either be decommissioned or continue to operate (after potentially being refurbished). Decommissioning would return the site to the pre-development condition.
The project is within the Gladstone Regional Council area and is deemed “Code Assessable” under the Council’s regional planning scheme and an appropriate use for rural zoned land.
A number of independent specialists have now completed assessments on ecology, stormwater, bushfire management and traffic impacts We are now also in the process of establishing an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Agreement with the local Aboriginal community.
We have lodged our development application with the council and it is currently being
assessed. Based on the current project timeline Rodd’s Bay Solar Farm would commence construction in Q3 2018 and be commissioning by September 2019.
Whilst a code assessable project in Queensland does not require public notification and consultation, community engagement remains a pivotal part of Renew Estate’s approach to development. We have had 2 community engagement sessions already where community members from the surrounding areas of Bororen, Turkey Beach and Rodd’s Bay had the opportunity to review the project and provide feedback to Renew Estate directly. All interested parties are also be able to provide feedback to Gladstone Regional Council through the development approval process.