The $170million Finley Solar Farm proposal has been approved by the NSW Government, in what is a first for the state’s Department of Planning in 2018.
The project, which will be located on Canalla Rd adjacent to the Finley substation, will produce 170MW of power, the equivalent of powering 60000 average Australian households.
The site was chosen due to its ideal position next to the substation, the flat land, it being free of environmental constraints and with good access to sunlight, according to developer ESCO Pacific’s head of development Allison Hawke.
About 100 workers are expected to be used during the construction stages, which are set to begin in the latter half of 2018.
The solar farm will cover up to 385ha and comprise about 500000 solar panels.
The project will be the biggest of ESCO Pacific’s projects in the southern Riverina and northern Victoria; it is also set to build near Mulwala, Glenrowan and Horsham.
The Finley Solar Farm will connect directly into the TransGrid 132kV, which is the high voltage transmission network that runs through the area.
The solar farm is also expected to employ up to five workers once complete.
Naring is also jumping on board with a $55million project.
British solar project developer Lightsource is building a 60MW solar farm on 124.6ha at 3405 Katamatite-Nathalia Rd, between Goulburn Valley Hwy and Benalla-Tocumwal Rd, which will be a first for the company in Australia.
The project is set to power 17240 homes and include 204012 solar panels.