Goldwind plans solar farm at Gullen Range

Plans for a solar farm with a capacity of up to 12MW will be lodged with a New South Wales council, but the project is dependent on the resolution of uncertainty over the Renewable Energy Target (RET).

Windfarm company Goldwind operates the Gullen Range windfarm, south of Crookwell in the southern highlands of NSW, and has also announced plans for a solar farm on the same site, covering up to 50ha.

Goldwind said the solar farm will produce enough electricity to power about 4000 homes in its 30-year operating life, as reported by Energy Business News.

The wind and solar projects would share some infrastructure, with underground cables connecting the solar farm to the existing wind farm electricity substation and grid connection point.

“We see it as a good opportunity to produce more clean energy and capitalise on the infrastructure that’s there,” Goldwind’s senior manager of projects John Gardner told the Goulbourn Post.

Mr Gardner said the project would create around 100 local jobs during construction, but the final go ahead was dependent on the resolution of the Federal Government’s plans for the RET.