Moree Solar Farm: Community comments invited

Leaders in solar and large scale renewable energy, BP Solar, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), and Pacific Hydro have joined together to develop a proposal for a 150MW solar PV project in the NSW Tablelands, near Moree.

The proposal is part of the Australian Government’s Solar Flagships Programme to select and fund large-scale grid-connected solar projects.

The consortium has already submitted its bid to the Solar Flagships Council and the project planning application to the NSW State Department of Planning was made in late December last year.

If successful the Moree Solar Farm will provide a significant boost to the regional economy, requiring investment of $600-700 million and creating 300 to 400 jobs during the four-year construction phase, with the potential for up to 500 additional direct and in-direct jobs across Australia.

“The local community has been incredibly supportive of the proposal - welcoming the consortium’s plans and providing fantastic feedback which has helped with the design of the project”, said consortium spokesperson, Tony Stocken.

“The planning application was submitted just prior to Christmas. It is now on public exhibition and community comments are invited.”

The planning application will be on public exhibition from February 16th  to March 18th. Copies of the planning application are available in the Council office, in the Moree Library, and on the consortium website www.moreesolarfarm.com.au.

“The public exhibition period provides a great opportunity to learn more about the proposal, view the planning application and demonstrate your support for the project”, added Mr Stocken.

As well as providing the opportunity to read through the application and write directly to the NSW Department of Planning during public exhibition, the consortium will hold two information sessions on February 24th and March 10th from 7:00–8:30pm, with light refreshments available from 6:30pm. These will be held at the Town Hall in Moree to provide an opportunity to meet the consortium members, ask questions and find out more about the proposal. Anyone unable to make the evening session can drop in to the Townhall on both days during 12 noon to 6pm.

“If successful, the project will be the largest PV power station in Australia which is really exciting so we hope the community will take the opportunity to come by and say hello on February 24th and March 10th, and put their views forward”, added Mr Stocken.

With its wide open plains that stretch beneath vast blue skies, the Moree Plains Shire is part of a region fittingly known as Big Sky Country, an excellent location for a large scale solar facility.

All consortium members have extensive capability and experience in delivering and operating world class renewable energy projects.

Media contacts: Andrew Richards on 0409 364 484 or Emily Wood 0421 042 121.

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