So­lar farm is on track: MP

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Rod­ney Woods

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.’’

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