The solar farm train in northern Victoria continues to roll on, with Naring now jumping on board with a $55million project.
British solar project developer Lightsource is building a 60MW solar farm on 122ha at 3405 Katamatite-Nathalia Rd, which will be a first for the company in Australia.
The project is set to power 17240 homes and include 204012 solar panels.
Lightsource’s business development director Conor McGuigan said the site fit the company’s planning.
‘‘The site meets our stringent conditions for planning and visual impacts while also benefiting from available grid capacity in the vicinity,’’ he said.
In terms of responding to any criticism that may come the company’s way, Mr McGuigan said Lightsource believed community consultation was a must.
‘‘Lightsource are experienced and responsible developers of solar farms. We believe it is vital to engage with local communities and farmers, in particular regarding their concerns and being able to work with them through the development process and on-going management of the site,’’ he said.
‘‘With regards to working with the community, Lightsource have held discussions with statutory bodies as well as engaging in an initial consultation process with the local community through a letterbox drop and informal community information drop-in session.
‘‘Since the drop-in session, Lightsource are working through the feedback and comments received to incorporate farmers and other local community requests into the design and the on-going management of the project and operation of the solar farm.
‘‘This would benefit the community and local farmers through continuous open dialogue and input so that Lightsource can alleviate any concerns regarding the project and illustrate the benefits that this solar farm can bring to the local area.’’