So­lar plan for Co­huna

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

CON­STRUC­TION on a so­lar farm at Co­huna will be­gin next year as part of the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s re­new­able en­ergy tar­get (VRET).

The farm is one of six so­lar and wind projects state-wide that has been given the green light by the state gov­ern­ment.

Gan­nawarra Shire Coun­cil said the 34-megawatt so­lar farm on Leitchville - Kerang Rd, Hor­field is one of seven pro­posed farms for the lo­cal area.

“This is an­other pos­i­tive step for­ward in di­ver­si­fy­ing the Gan­nawarra econ­omy and aligns with Coun­cil’s strate­gic com­mit­ment to re­new­able en­ergy,” Gan­nawarra Shire act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Ge­off Rollinson said

“It’s hoped with the con­struc­tion of new so­lar and wind farms, Vic­to­rian homes and busi­nesses will start to see the ben­e­fits of re­duced power prices.

“The Co­huna so­lar farm will cre­ate a num­ber of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and will be a ma­jor boost for the lo­cal ac­com­mo­da­tion, re­tail and con­struc­tion sec­tors.”

About 87,000 so­lar pan­els will be in­stalled at the Co­huna so­lar farm which has re­cently been ac­quired by ma­jor Ital­ian com­pany ENEL.

The six new wind and so­lar farms across Vic­to­ria are es­ti­mated to gen­er­ate enough en­ergy to power 640,000 homes and drive a 16 per cent re­duc­tion in Vic­to­ria’s elec­tric­ity sec­tor green­house gas emis­sions by 2034/35.

“It’s sim­ple – greater sup­ply of re­new­able en­ergy means lower power prices and more jobs for Vic­to­rian fam­i­lies,” Vic­to­rian Premier Daniel An­drews said.

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