NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Solar energy

The transformation of the global energy sector presents a huge opportunity for Australia. Renewables are now the cheapest form of new generation, and technology is becoming increasingly available to support large-scale energy storage.

The NSW Government supports the development of a sustainable solar energy industry in the state. Solar energy will help reduce reliance on fossil fuels, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and deliver a reliable and affordable energy supply to the people of NSW.

Large-Scale Solar Energy Guideline

The Large-Scale Solar Energy Guideline provides the community, industry and regulators with information and certainty on the planning framework for the assessment and approval of large-scale solar energy projects.

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The guideline includes advice on a range of assessment matters including visual impacts and agricultural land use, and ensures the assessment of large-scale solar energy projects continues to be transparent, consistent and supported by the best available information.

The guideline was revised in 2022 considering extensive consultation and feedback received during a 10-week public exhibition period. Find out more and view submissions on the Planning Portal.

The guideline is supported by a technical supplement for landscape and visual impact assessment, which provides additional guidance and tools for assessing, evaluating, and mitigating visual and landscape impacts.

View the technical supplement

Page last updated: 16/11/2022