$130m so­lar farm on track

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

No ob­jec­tions have been lodged with Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil re­gard­ing the pro­posed $130 mil­lion so­lar farm bor­der­ing Tocumwal Road and Sav­er­nake Road Mul­wala.

“The pro­posal is still in its in­for­ma­tion stages with the ap­pli­cant (Esco Pa­cific) ad­vis­ing coun­cil that the En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact State­ment (EIS) is near­ing com­ple­tion,” Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s Direc­tor In­fras­truc­ture and Environment Peter Gall told The Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle.

“Esco Pa­cific is in the pro­cess of fi­nal­is­ing the re­quired in­for­ma­tion to en­able the ap­pli­ca­tion to be lodged with the NSW Depart­ment of Plan­ning for con­sid­er­a­tion.”

With up to 400,000 ground-mounted so­lar pan­els on track­ing sys­tems, the size is of a scale con­sid­ered ‘State Sig­nif­i­cant Devel­op­ment’, re­quir­ing NSW Gov­ern­ment ap­proval. But Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil has to ad­vise the Gov­ern­ment of any ob­jec­tions by lo­cal res­i­dents.

Esco Pa­cific con­ducted an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion in Mul­wala on April 7 re­gard­ing the pro­posal. Many ques­tions were asked by at­ten­dees but the gen­eral mood was one of sup­port for the so­lar farm.

Should all the go-aheads be given, the con­struc­tion stage is ex­pected to gen­er­ate 130 jobs over nine months. Con­struc­tion would not start be­fore 2019.

The pro­posed $130m so­lar farm on the out­skirts of Mul­wala plans to have 400,000 pan­els on track­ing sys­tems.

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