New South Wales
Our heritage home is in very close proximity to the proposed development.
It has been identified in the environmental impact statement as a dwelling which will be affected visually and audibly.
The site chosen is in direct view, clearly seen through the bedroom windows on the eastern side of the house and particularly through the window of the master bedroom. Only a valley exists between the site and the house and the distance would be approximately 800m.
Up until about 5 years ago scenery surrounding our property USED to be beautiful. Rolling countryside with natural textures and colours. Looking now towards the North West and then North and then to the North East, it looks like an industrial area! Despite all promises of screening and minimal visual impact, solar panels are now the dominant feature.
Daytime visual impact from the BESS site will be most apparent and it will most likely take a decade before any screening trees will lessen this. Night-time security lighting will shine directly in our bedroom windows.
It is understood that cooling systems will be incorporated into the BESS project, to ensure that the inverters and storage batteries are kept within safe limits. It is noted that the noise produced by these coolers will be heard at our house unless it is absorbed or directed away. This noise will be most prominant at night, during times of peak electrical demand when the inverters are woking hard and when the wind is blowing from the East. The "nature" of the noise has not been clearly defined - is it a "hum", a "rumble" or a "humble"? Household members are highly sensitive to on-going noise and the impact of such noise during the night leading to sleep deprivation.
The Electro Magnetic Radiation produced by inverters is well documented. This EMR extends into the HF, VHF and UHF radio spectrum. The impact of this is to produce radio interference which is significant in the surrounding areas.
As a licenced radio operator (VK2TP) I am already impacted by the inverters installed as part of the existing Solar Farm installation.
I have needed to construct and use highly directional yagi antennas and arrays in an attempt to null the broadband interference when communicating with other stations. It is impossible to communcate with stations in the direction of the current inverters. Despite assurances from other project developers, my concerns about interference were apparently ignored. More inverters in new locations and different directions will only make this harder unless more effective shielding and filtering of the inverters is planned and implemented. I have demonstrated the effects of this interference to BESS project leadership and asked for data but am yet to receive documentation.
For reference, my radio experiments extend over a range of frequency bands but predominantly 144MHz, 432MHz, and 1296MHz with propagation aided by Tropospheric reflections, Aircraft enhancement, Moonbounce, and Meteor scatter.
A beautiful property in a rural location was purchased, a bit of a dream! The image has certainly faded with the encroachment of silicon panels, security fences and huge metal structures, masses of security lights, increased traffic and noise. Has this affected property values, acccording to a local real estate agent, it has! Time will tell!
I will continue to debate whether I should tick the "I object to the project" box OR tick the "I'm providing comments" box. I am certainly hopeful that the comments will be considered and perhaps the issues of Visability, Audible noise and Radio Interference may bring a more satisfactory outcome to local residents.