$130m solar farm on track

By Robert Muir

No objections have been lodged with Federation Council regarding the proposed $130 million solar farm bordering Tocumwal Road and Savernake Road Mulwala.

“The proposal is still in its information stages with the applicant (Esco Pacific) advising council that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is nearing completion,” Federation Council’s Director Infrastructure and Environment Peter Gall told The Yarrawonga Chronicle.

“Esco Pacific is in the process of finalising the required information to enable the application to be lodged with the NSW Department of Planning for consideration.” 

With up to 400,000 ground-mounted solar panels on tracking systems, the size is of a scale considered ‘State Significant Development’, requiring NSW Government approval. But Federation Council has to advise the Government of any objections by local residents.

Esco Pacific conducted an information session in Mulwala on April 7 regarding the proposal. Many questions were asked by attendees but the general mood was one of support for the solar farm.

Should all the go-aheads be given, the construction stage is expected to generate 130 jobs over nine months. Construction would not start before 2019.