Moira Shire is leading the way in renewable energy development with a planning permit for a $112 million solar farm on Kaarimba Road, Wunghnu approved in December.
CEO Mark Henderson said the site consisted of 270 hectares which would house more than 200,000 solar panels, producing approximately 102 megawatts of power.
“X-Elio Australia Pty Ltd is a Spanish based company which specialises in the development of solar farms. They have constructed solar farms across the world including Japan, South America, the Middle East, USA and Mexico,” Mr Henderson said.
“The proposed solar farm will help to diversify the local and regional economy and strengthen Moira’s reputation as a council that embraces renewable energy investment.
“Conditions will be set out to ensure a 10 metre wide landscaping buffer will minimise visual impact around the solar farm.”
Mr Henderson said the electricity produced on site will connect back into the grid and provide improved energy security for Numurkah, Cobram and Yarrawonga.
“Local tradespeople wherever possible will be used to construct and install the solar panels and ancillary facilities,” he said.
“After the initial construction period, X-Elio will employ staff to maintain the land, including slashing grass, eradicating weeds and vermin, managing the landscape buffer and general maintenance of the project.”
Approval of this project follows close on the heels of a $175 million, 100 megawatt solar farm by Neoen Australia Pty Ltd and set on 500 hectares near Drumanure, which was given the green light by Moira Shire in August.