Working with the community
The Stubbo Solar Farm project is expected to create up to 400 jobs during a two -year construction period. It is also expected to generate up to 10 ongoing jobs over the operational life of the project.
The project will be designed to allow sheep grazing alongside renewable energy generation, helping to drought proof local farming operations and grow the local and regional economy. It will help diversify income to local landholders as well as local businesses and suppliers, which is particularly important to the health of local economies and communities when a lack of rainfall impacts their operations.
We have been working closely with the local community during the assessment phase of the project and hope to continue that relationship as the project moves into design and pre-construction. Our aim is for the project to be a valued and long term part of the local commuity for many years to come.
UPC\AC Renewables Australia acknowledges the Warrabinga- Wiradjuri Traditional Owners of the land on which the proposed Stubbo Solar Farm is located.
We commit to undertaking meaningful engagement with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal organisations to support the protection of country and culture, and the development of their aspirations.
Supporting the local community
Wherever possible workers and businesses from the local and regional area will be prioritised for employment and contracting opportunities with the project to help maximise the benefits for local communities.
This could include panel installation, and civil work in areas such as fencing installation, internal access track construction, site office establishment and other works such as plumbing and vegetation control.
A significant portion of the income earned by workers during construction will be spent in the region, helping to boost household incomes, indirect employment and the local economy. This effect will continue over the life of the solar farm from activities related to operations and maintenance.
Solar and wind generation have recently been identified by energy agencies and Local, State and Federal Governments as potential new industries for the region, helping to power the country, grow rural communities and provide new jobs and economic development.
The NSW Government is rapidly moving ahead with significant funding to support this new industry for the region, as part of its NSW Electricity Strategy to maintain reliability, reduce costs and cut carbon emissions.
As the Stubbo Solar Farm progresses, information sessions will be held for local businesses and residents to find out more about these opportunities.
Understanding your views
We have been working closely with the near neighbours to the project, the Traditional Owners of the land on which the proposed Stubbo Solar Farm is located the Warrabinga- Wiradjuri people, and the wider community to help us gain a detailed understanding of the community’s views, issues and feedback on the project.
We have also been discussing the project with the local council, its elected representatives, Members of Parliament and State and Federal Government agencies.
This regular consultation will continue in the design and pre-construction phase of the project.
To help you stay in touch with the local community during this phase, we have established a Community Shop front at 79B Herbert St, Gulgong – opposite Cobbs Bakery.
Contact us to find out when the shop will be open for you to drop by, ask questions and find out more about the project.
Community benefit sharing program
We understand that community expectation for benefit sharing has shifted, and rightly so.
We also believe that benefit sharing goes beyond making cash-based contributions, and towards legacy investments delivered in partnership with communities.
We’re working with Mid-Western Regional Council on what this may look like so that the broader community can share in the benefits for decades to come.
Community partnerships and sponsorships
Throughout the development process, we will explore opportunities to support local events and sporting, community or recreational organisations via a range of community partnerships and sponsorships.