The project

Deeargee Solar is a proposed 320MW solar and battery project located 12km southeast of the township of Uralla. To be developed on cleared grazing land, it is situated within the NSW Government’s New England Renewable Energy Zone and five kilometres south of ACEN Australia’s existing operational New England Solar Stage 1 project. 

The project will involve the construction and operation of rows of solar panels, electrical infrastructure and a potential battery energy storage system. Additional supporting infrastructure includes access roads and a potential temporary workers accommodation facility.

A community information session about Deeargee Solar will be held on Tuesday 20 February, at the Bushranger Motor Inn, 37-41 Bridge Street, Uralla. Drop in any time between 10am to 6pm to find out more about the project.

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The Deeargee Solar project will be serviced by new transmission network infrastructure being developed by the Energy Corporation of NSW (EnergyCo).

Project Assessment Process
The project is likely to be assessed as a State Significant Development of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979., with a range of assessments and site surveys to be undertaken. The NSW Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (DPHI) is the responsible state planning authority for the project.

At a glance

  • Power
    average Australian homes each year
  • Contribute to National Target of
    renewable energy by 2030
  • Employ and buy
  • Up to
    installed capacity
  • Up to
    jobs at peak construction
  • Up to
    operational jobs


Built on a foundation of trust and shared value, we seek to develop relationships with communities that create enduring and positive impacts. We have already demonstrated our commitment to investing in the region through our existing New England Solar project. Here are some of the things we have proposed to implement for Deeargee Solar.

  • Through the payment of Access Fees allowing connection into the New England REZ infrastructure, ACEN will make significant financial contributions to the NSW Government to be directly invested into communities within the REZ 
  • Solar panel rows and heights designed so that grazing can co-exist once the project is operational 
  • Neighbour agreements so that eligible properties receive a direct benefit 
  • Building upon the $200k already invested through the New England Solar Uralla Grants program to community groups, businesses and organisations through the stewardship of a Community Reference Group. 
  • Commitment to prioritising regional workforce where possible 
  • Commitment to responsibly decommission project infrastructure at the end of project life 
  • Commitment to prioritise the participation of Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to deliver goods and services 
  • Careful consideration of suitable accommodation solutions for the project construction workforce so as not to negatively impact on housing availability and affordability
  • Commitment to First Nations participation through areas such as contracting, employment, training and business innovation 
  • Commitment to Learning Worker participation through areas such as traineeships and apprenticeships 
  • Commitment to using local content for construction materials from Australia or New Zealand 
Social Investment Program 

An ACEN Australia Social Investment Program (SIP) is proposed for Deeargee Solar, expanding our investment in the Uralla Shire. This is our voluntary contribution which will be available in due course and into construction of the project. Funding will be available to not-for profit organisations and activities that directly benefit and enhance the liveability and vibrancy of the community.  

A company thats all about community

ACEN Australia has been part of the community in Uralla and surrounds since 2018, and is committed to the New England region for decades to come. Stage 1 of our New England Solar project has been built and is operating with the support of host landholders, First Nations people, and the Uralla community, with Stage 2 set to begin in 2024. We see Deeargee Solar as an extension of ACEN Australia’s commitment to the region and we thank the community for putting its trust in ACEN as we responsibly work to produce clean, renewable energy for Australian homes and businesses.

Learn more about ACEN’s commitments to community and responsible development.

Learn more about how our Social Investment Program is contributing to a thriving and resilient New England region.

First Nations participation

As a company seeking to harness wind, solar and water resources for energy today, we reflect on the contributions made by First Nations over thousands of years. We recognise the value of a better understanding of Aboriginal history and culture, and commit to meaningful participation with First Nations groups to support the protection of country, culture, and the development of their aspirations. 

Investing in the past to guide the future

Jobs and business

We have a commitment to employ and buy locally where we can so we can keep the benefits local. With such a significant construction investment, it is anticipated that there will be many opportunities for regional businesses to be involved. Goods and services likely to be procured locally include: 

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