Approval for Mugga Lane Solar Park

A large-scale ACT solar farm has received planning approval, paving the way to achieve its target of 90 per cent renewable energy by 2020.

Approval for the 13MW Mugga Lane Solar Park comes just after the official opening of the 20 megawatt FRV Royalla Solar Farm in the ACT .

Announcing the approval, Minister for Environment Simon Corbell said, “The planning and land authority has approved, subject to conditions, Chinese company Zhenfa’s proposal for a 13MW solar farm on the corner of Mugga Lane and the Monaro Hwy, adjacent to the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre,” as reported by Energy Business News.

“The Mugga Lane solar farm and the newly opened Royalla solar farm are set to deliver large scale renewable energy at an affordable price,” Mr Corbell said.

The Mugga Lane solar farm will house 53,000 solar modules using a combination of Zhenfa GR-20 trackers and ground-mounted solar arrays. The project will be connected to the Gilmore substation through an underground connection.

Both Zhenfa and FRV (Fotowatio Renewable Ventures) were granted guaranteed feed in tariffs through the ACT Solar Auction for 20 years.

“The cost to Canberrans of achieving 90 per cent renewable energy is expected to peak at about $4 per household per week in 2020 before declining. This will be offset by savings of about $4 per household per week from energy efficiency programs put in place by the government.