White Rock Solar Farm is a 20 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) development to be located adjacent to the northern end of White Rock Wind Farm (WRWF), 18 km west of Glen Innes.
The project will be hybrid solar-wind renewable energy facility. The project is designed to benefit significantly from sharing part of the wind farm infrastructure, including the grid connection and access tracks. Co-location of wind and solar provides numerous benefits such as complementary energy generation patterns, and reduced environmental impacts and project cost.
A program of site studies, impact assessments and concept design development were completed as part of Development Application that was lodged in March 2016. Development Consent was granted in June 2016.
In September 2016, the project was awarded funding under the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) large scale renewable energy program.
The solar farm would generate around 44,000 megawatt hours (MWh) in the first full year of operation, which is sufficient to power approximately 7,200 NSW homes annually. The expected operational life of the solar farm is 25 years.