The construction of the $550 million solar farm on a 526 hectare property at Lalbert, western Kerang, is expected to begin halfway through 2016.The solar park is expected to have a generation capacity of 350MW and has the potential to power approximately 220,000 houses.
Managing director Angus Gemmel indicated it was a promising and creative project.
“We’re really looking forward to delivering it,” he said.
“It’s a great story for the local community for jobs, it’s a wonderful location to harness the sunshine and it’s a great way for Australia to make use of the abundant solar resource that we have, as well as the wonderful space that we have.”
Mr Gemmel said around 150 jobs could be created for the people of northern Victoria.
“Most of whom would be in accommodation in the nearby township of Kerang or even further afield at Swan Hill,” he said.
“Then as we roll out in stages the multiple stage aspect of the project would allow that source of employment to continue well past the construction period for stage one into multiple years, not just a one-off.”
Gannawarra Shire’s Roger Griffiths also stated that the facility was part of the move towards developing Kerang’s future as a core of renewable energy investment.
“What this does is just offers that bit of diversity, it props up our rate base and it provides a lot of other benefits right throughout the community,” he said.
“So we’re more than happy to have it on board and fingers crossed that everything runs smoothly and we see a booming new industry in and around Kerang in the next five to 10 years’ time.”