Forbes Solar Farm


As a State Significant Development (SSD), the Forbes Solar Farm will be reviewed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE).

Sydney-based ACE Power, in partnership with Osaka Gas Energy Oceania Pty Ltd, are experts across the entire lifecycle of renewable energy projects, accelerating the transition of Australia’s electricity network with clean, reliable energy. Leveraging decades of industry expertise, ACE Power is actively shaping Australia's electricity network through the development of multiple renewable projects, both within Australia and internationally.

With a strong focus on collaboration with local communities, ACE Power is poised for further growth, currently in the initial stages of developing a pipeline exceeding 7GWp of additional renewable energy projects across regional areas in Australia. For more information, please visit ACE Power's website.

Osaka Gas Energy Pty Ltd (OGEO) is an Australian company that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Osaka Gas Co. Ltd (OG). Established in 2009, OGEO houses OG’s Australian investments in energy infrastructure, renewables, and decarbonisation assets. OGEO strives to contribute to achieving low carbon/carbon neutral global targets in the communities in which it operates. For more information, please visit OGEDO's website.

NGH is a leading Australian environmental, planning and advisory consultancy guiding Australia towards a more sustainable tomorrow. For over 30 years, NGH has been passionate about the environment and has extensive experience when it comes to the renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure sector.


NGH will be undertaking the independent technical assessments and required reporting associated with the State Significant Development (SSD) process. You can read more on NGH here.

ACE Power is exploring the opportunity of the proposed Forbes Solar Farm and is currently undertaking the beginning phases of scoping for the proposed development. The discussions and input from the community over the coming months will help guide the Scoping Report.

The Scoping Report is an early stage in the State Significant Development (SSD) development application process and is used to determine the feasibility of the project, as well as the technical assessments that will be included in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

At the end of life, the solar panels will be removed and decommissioned. The land will be rehabilitated and returned to its original use. The decommissioning process is a critical part of the development application process, and a decommissioning plan must be included for the development to be considered.

During the anticipated 18 months of construction, vehicles would range from light vehicles to 26 metre b-double trucks. Light vehicles would arrive during AM/PM peaks with heavy vehicle deliveries spaced out during the day. Operational traffic is thought to be negligible with a maximum of two one-way vehicle trips per day, and an average of two to four one-way trips per week.

ACE Power will endeavour to reduce the impact to the community as much as practicable, but some impacts are to be expected.

The solar farm will create jobs and increase local revenue to local services such as food, lodging, construction materials and tourism for the local area. Estimated job numbers are approximately 120 full time equivalent (FTE) construction jobs at peak construction, and approximately 3 FTE operational roles.

The NSW Government has a road map to increase NSW’s renewable energy penetration to over 60% by 2030. This state-wide initiative will create 6300 construction and 2800 ongoing jobs in regional Australia and will reduce electricity prices in the state by $130 per year for households, $430 for small businesses, and reduce NSW’s carbon emissions by approx. 90 million tons As well as this, the Proposal will also significantly contribute towards the NSW Government’s aim of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, while creating new jobs in the area, and contributing to a reduction in electricity prices and carbon emissions.

Preserving and protecting Cultural Heritage is a priority for the Proposal and ACE Power is committed to adhering to all legislation to achieve this. An Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment (ACHA), which includes field surveys, is required as part of the application process. This will include rigorous community engagement with Registered Aboriginal Parties and other community members throughout the community engagement process to ensure due diligence and maintain strong relationships and respect with First Nations peoples and cultures. 

There is no conclusive evidence to suggest that rural land is devalued due to the existence of a solar farm.

ACE Power has engaged expert consultants who will undertake flora and fauna surveys to understand the ecological characteristics of the site. ACE Power is committed to minimising impacts on native flora and fauna by designing the project to allow species to continue to thrive during the construction and operation phases. During these phases, management plans will be developed to ensure this compliance is maintained.

ACE Power will adhere strictly to a Code of Conduct substantially in line with the Clean Energy Council’s Best Practices Charter, as well as other regulations, including fire safety.

We will work closely with the RFS to confirm access requirements for the solar farm if there is a bushfire that moves into the area, or if a fire starts in the solar farm.

If successful, a Management Plan will be produced prior to construction commencing that will include a Fire Management Plan to address the management of potential fires in construction, operations and decommissioning.

It is important to acknowledge that solar panels do have a visual impact on the landscape. Part of the Proposal process includes assessing the potential visual impact of the project and provides the planning authority with information to make an informed decision on the application. ACE Power will work with the local community and surrounding landholders throughout the process to ensure that the visual impact is minimised or mitigated where possible.

Investigations are underway and early assessments indicate that this Proposal could host up to 210,000 solar panels on the site.

A solar farm is expected to have an operational life of approximately 35 years.

The solar farm will produce approximately 304 GWh a year, enough to power around 42,000 homes (assuming average annual household consumption of 5662 kWh) to offset around 182.000 tonnes of CO2-e pa (assuming grid Emissions Intensity of 0.6 tCO2-e/MWh).