A feasibility study has found Goldwind’s proposed 12MW solar development adjacent to its Gullen Range Wind Farm in New South Wales’ Southern Highlands is viable, and the company will now proceed with further work to develop the project.
The solar farm is expected to have between 40,000 and 45,000 solar panels and produce about 25,000MWh of energy each year, enough to power around 4000 homes.
“Locating the solar farm at the same site as the wind farm would minimise required infrastructure, such as roads, power lines and telecommunications, meaning a reduction in environmental impact and project cost,” Goldwind’s project manager John Gardner told The Land.
“Construction of the project would take six to nine months and involve up to 100 people on site during the peak construction period.
“Subcontracting opportunities would be widely advertised within the local community.”
Mr Gardner said construction could be finished by the middle of next year, “subject to planning approval from Upper Lachlan Shire Council and final determination made by the Southern Region Joint Planning Panel”.