Victoria announces new solar farm

The Victorian Government has approved a new 68MW in the state’s north, with draft planning guidelines for the development released earlier this week.

State Minister for Planning Richard Wynne announced the Congupna solar farm proposal, which he said will create 250 jobs and supply power to 22,600 homes across the state.

“The Congupna solar farm will create more than 250 new jobs and produce 68 megawatts of new, clean energy – helping to drive down energy prices,” Mr Wynne said.

“We’re working with industry and community to make sure solar farm developments deliver the right outcomes for communities, the environment and jobs.”

The draft guidelines will help inform councils, developers and communities on planning requirements for the large solar farm facilities to ensure they are built in the right locations, are easily accessible to the grid and that proposals give careful consideration to high productivity agricultural areas and sensitive landscapes.

The document was informed by a review of guidelines and best practice standards interstate and internationally.

It also includes a Best Practice Guide for Proponents to help developers engage with communities, and minimise the environmental and social impacts of their proposals.

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