Solar farm is on track: MP
Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio visited the Numurkah solar farm at Drumanure on Thursday to inspect the progress of construction, on track to be completed by May.
‘‘Today we are here today to inspect the progress of the construction of this fantastic new solar farm in northern Victoria,’’ Ms D’Ambrosio said.
‘‘Now why is this important? This project was initiated as a result of the Victorian Government’s very strong ambition for growing renewable energy.
‘‘We went out to tender about 18 months ago with a renewable certificate purchasing initiative and that was to see new projects being built in Victoria after a number of years under the previous state government where we saw investment in renewable energy dry up.
‘‘So what we decided to do was to go out for tender for two solar projects that would power Victoria’s trams and I’m absolutely delighted that Numurkah solar farm was one of the winning bids.’’
Ms D’Ambrosio criticised the Victorian opposition for the way it handled renewable energy in the past, while responding to an election pledge from the Liberal Nationals about powering all Victorian schools with solar energy, also questioning the figures relating to the plan.
‘‘When you have a look at renewable energy and plans for the future in terms of secure, reliable affordable energy supply, their record speaks for itself,’’ she said.
‘‘In fact, what they did was drive away investment in renewable energy technology so they’re irrelevant in terms of our agenda.
‘‘They can not be believed because their record is absolutely shocking in this space.’’