Project Overview

The proposal

ACE Power and Osaka Gas Energy Oceania (OGEO) are pursuing development approval for the Narrabri Solar Farm and Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) 11km northeast of Narrabri, NSW. The proposal is in the initial Scoping Phase of the State Significant Development (SSD) development application process, where discussions and input from the community are collected to help guide the Scoping Report.

The land is zoned Rural Primary Production (RU1) under the Narrabri Local Environmental Plan 2012.


The proposed solar farm would be located on approximately 312 hectares (ha) of private land, with the Solar Farm having an approximate capacity of 140 megawatts (MW) and BESS being 100MW (up to 8 hours). The solar farm would connect directly to the National Energy Market grid through a 132kV high voltage powerline running through the western corridor of the lot.

Construction and operation of the project would involve the following key components:

The project would also include operations and maintenance (O&M) buildings, offices, staff amenities and parking, site office and amenities for operational use.


Proposal benefits

The Narrabri Solar Farm has a capital investment value of more than $350 million and is therefore deemed a State Significant Development (SSD). It would bring significant investment to the local area during construction and would create jobs, diversify income and increase revenue in local service providers such as food, fuel, and accommodation operators in the local area.

Once the project is operational, benefits would continue with long-term jobs, ongoing operations and maintenance contracts and the establishment of community benefit schemes.

The Proposal would also significantly contribute towards the NSW Government’s aim of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. It will provide a clean energy supply for the NSW energy grid, providing stable, sustainable energy for the future.


Who is ACE Power?

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. This includes a pipeline comprising of 17 wind farms, seven solar farms, and seven battery storage systems.

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.


Who is Osaka Gas Energy Oceania Pty Ltd?

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 OGEO's website.


Who is NGH?

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 SSD process. You can read more on NGH here.


Community drop-in sessions

Narrabri residents and broader community members are invited to learn more about the proposed Narrabri Solar Farm at community drop-in sessions, which will to be held on Tuesday the 20th and Wednesday the 21st of February 2024. Details are as follows:

Session One
Tuesday 20 February 2024
2 pm – 7 pm
Narrabri Crossing Theatre
117 Tibbereena St, Narrabri

Session Two
Wednesday 21 February 2024
8 am – 1 pm
Narrabri Community Kiosk
104 Maitland St, Narrabri

If you would like to keep up-to-date with information about the proposal, including opportunities to attend the information session, please email us at engage@nghengage.com.au.