Ground Control was engaged in 2021 by ACEnergy to prepare landscape plans to provide vegetative screening to two new Solar PV farms in Dubbo and Coleambally, NSW and to a new Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in Pine Lodge, Victoria. There are up to a further five Solar PV and BESS screening projects due for planning in early 2022.
On the back of the successful completion of the landscape planning for these projects, ACLE Services engaged Ground Control to prepare screen planting plans for up to eight new Solar PV farms in regional NSW. The planning for three of these was completed in 2021 — Finley, Glen Innes and Narromine West.
All Solar PV and BESS screening projects involved the use of predominantly indigenous vegetation for screening species, limited to specific mature heights in selected areas. Detailed research was undertaken for each project to confirm species local to each area, including crosschecking with local specialist native nurseries re availability and viability for purpose.
Where taller trees were proposed, a detailed summer and winter shadow analysis was undertaken to ensure shade from trees on solar arrays was minimised.