Sapphire Battery, NSW

The Sapphire Battery is a 30MW, 1 hour (lithium-iron phosphate) battery development located next to the 270 MW Sapphire Wind Farm, in the New England region of northern NSW. The battery will store excess energy from the wind farm and the grid and discharge it when customers need it most. It will also deliver ancillary market services, which support a more secure and reliable grid. The battery can be expanded in future, and when paired with the approved Sapphire solar farm, could provide ‘firm’ renewable energy to match large customers’ needs.

Key Project Info

Battery size

30 MW capacity / 1 hour+ duration

Planning and approvals

The project received NSW development consent

status

construction is expected to commence this year

Project Timeline

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Project identification and site selection

Identification and site selection is based on an analysis of opportunities and constraints including (but not limited to): distance to the electricity grid, wind resource and population density of the surrounding community. Our team then undertake a number of site visits and consultation with landowners in the area.

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Step 2/13

Project feasibility and technical assessments

Site-specific investigations are undertaken to assess the impacts and opportunities of the project and feedback is sought from the local community.

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Step 3/13

Development Application and Environmental Impact Statement

A Development Application is made and an EIS prepared which involves a wide range of studies to consider the potential environmental and social impacts of the project.

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Step 4/13

Public exhibition and Submissions Report

The EIS is placed on public exhibition through the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s forum. Interested members of the public are invited to have their say during the exhibition period by way of formal submissions. A Submissions Report is then prepared by the proponent which aims to respond to the submissions received.

Current Stage
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Step 5/13

Assessment and development consent

The project documents are assessed by the relevant government authorities. If determined, Development Consent is granted alongside a range of conditions specific to the project.

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Step 6/13

Post approval, contracting and financing

A lead contractor(s) to build the project is appointed and all pre-construction approvals and consents are finalised. During this phase, the lead contractor(s) is provided with a list of local businesses that have registered their interest and capabilities through the project website.

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Step 7/13

Procurement

During this phase our lead contractor(s) seek tenders and engage contractors and suppliers to undertake the scope of the works. Orders are then placed for major components such as the wind turbines.

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Step 8/13

Early works and design

Initial site activities commence, such as minor clearing and provision of access roads along with establishing a site construction compound. Off-site detailed design works commences in parallel.

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Step 9/13

Major civil works

During this phase of the construction the bulk of the civil works takes place. This includes the construction of new internal access roads, excavation and construction of the turbine foundations, installation of the internal electrical reticulation system, construction of the high voltage substation and main transmission line network.

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Step 10/13

Wind turbine erection

This is where the visual aspect of the wind farm starts to emerge, with large cranes lifting the tower sections, nacelle, hub and blades into place.

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Step 11/13

Commissioning

In order to export power to the grid, each turbine is required to undergo several performance tests. It is during this stage that you will start to see turbines spinning and ultimately the whole of the wind farm complete.

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Step 12/13

Operations

The project is operating in accordance with relevant approval conditions and management plans. Compliance with conditions of approval and management plans is monitored as required throughout the life of the project.

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Step 13/13

Decommissioning

The design life of the wind turbines will be at least 30 years. At the end of their useful life, the wind turbines and electrical equipment will be either replaced and the wind farm repowered, or the project will be decommissioned, and the site returned to its original use at the expense of the project.

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Community Consultative Committee

The purpose of a community consultative committee (CCC) is to provide a forum for open discussion.

It is a space for us to speak with representatives from the community, Inverell Shire and Glen Innes Severn Shire Councils and other stakeholders about specific matters relating to the project.

The CCC follows the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Community Consultative Committee Guidelines for State Significant Projects. Meeting minutes are provided below.

If you would like to get in touch with your local CCC member, please contact the Independent Chairperson:

Lisa Andrews:
lisaandrews.ic@gmail.com

CWP Sapphire Wind Farm JOW 201113 8035

About CWP Renewables

CWP Renewables is a renewable energy company that develops, operates and owns renewable energy assets in Australia. With proven experience and expertise across the project lifecycle, we work with local communities and our customers to lead the transition to Australia’s low-cost, low-emissions energy future.

Contact

Project Manager

David Williamson

Facility Manager - Sapphire Wind Farm
Email: info@sapphirewindfarm.com.au

Mailing Address

GPO Box 1858, Canberra ACT 2601

Complaints and Issues Contact Point:

Tel: +61 (2) 6100 2122

Social Media

Sapphire Wind Farm on Facebook

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