Goulburn River solar

Key numbers


MWdc installed capacity


(Megawatts hours) renewable energy supplied per year


of NSW electricity demand at peak output


homes powered (equivalent)


tonnes of carbon emissions saved

Current status

Site selection

Preliminary assessments, site design & community consultation

Planning application

Discharge of planning conditions




A proposed 550MWdc solar farm and battery energy storage system

The Goulburn River project consists of a 550MWdc solar farm and battery energy storage system (BESS), located between Wollar and Merriwa, on Wollara Road, in the Upper Hunter Region of NSW.

Lightsource bp will construct and operate the solar project and deliver renewable energy to Australia’s grid. Additionally, the solar project includes a battery to shift renewable energy to night-time peaks and support the reliable operation of Australia’s grid. The solar project will also include operation and maintenance buildings, civil works, and electrical infrastructure required to connect to the existing electricity network. Construction on the associated road upgrades is set to begin towards the end of 2024, and the project will provide up to 350 FTE construction roles throughout the two-year construction process.

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project was submitted in May 2023. Following feedback from the community, stakeholders, and government agencies we have made minor adjustments and improvements in the project design. The Project Response to Submissions Report and Amendment Report were submitted in December 2023. Key amendments proposed in response to insights from the EIS exhibition focussed on additional improvements to public roads, an altered transport route for construction traffic and layout changes to further avoid biodiversity impacts.

Currently, the project is investigating the opportunity to include a temporary workforce accommodation camp within the solar farm site. This will form a new Amendment Report, which will be assessed by the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure over the coming months. We expect a decision on the development application in the middle of 2024.

More information

You can find more information in our Community Update leaflet using the buttons below.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

We’ve received lots of interest in our Goulburn River solar farm project, so we’ve put together a list of the most commonly asked questions, and their answers.

Get involved

At Lightsource bp, our goal is to create solar assets that communities can be proud of, so if you’ve got an opinion or wish to provide feedback regarding the development, please don’t hesitate to let us know by calling 1300 873 575, emailing or using the feedback form below. We’ll aim to get back to you within five working days.

Get in touch

We are always on hand to assist with any enquiries. You can contact us via email or phone our customer services team. 1300 873 575

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