New plans for solar projects

By Country News

Two new solar farms could potentially be heading to Goorambat, with companies Neoen and South Energy proposing to install panels on farming land in the area, while South Energy also has other plans for the Rural City of Benalla.

The Goorambat Stewarton Solar Farm, proposed by Neoen, will cover 1500ha across two sites either side of the Benalla-Tocumwal Rd, near Peck Rd, and is set to produce 500MW, the equivalent of taking either 390000 cars off the road or planting two million trees.

The electricity produced will be enough to power nearly 215000 homes with renewable energy and the site would be the biggest solar farm in Australia if it was built now.

Neoen expects to start construction on the site, that will generate almost half the capacity of the Hazelwood Power Plant when it was operating at maximum output, by the middle of 2020.

South Energy’s Goorambat proposal is much smaller — a 75MW solar farm on 130ha located 430m south-east of the township, near Saunders Rd.

The farm is predicted to generate enough clean power for almost 24300 households and help Australia to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 143000 tonnes per year.

The project is expected to start construction by late-2019 and be fully operational by 2020.

South Energy is also looking at building a 145MW project on 290ha near Kennedy’s Creek and a 115MW structure on 250ha near Lake Mokoan.