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The Department of Planning and Environment has released a proposal for the Jemalong Solar Farm for community feedback today.


Clay Preshaw, Director of Resource and Energy Assessments, said the public can review Vast Solar's plans, and make a submission, until 21 December.


"Vast Solar are proposing a large-scale solar farm, and associated infrastructure, which could generate renewable energy for 18,700 homes with a 50-megawatt capacity," Mr Preshaw said.


"It’s easy for the community to review the proposal and they can make a submission online by visiting the Department’s website. Alternatively, locals can visit Forbes Shire Council to read a hard copy and post a submission.


"We assess all proposals on their merits, under clear planning legislation and policies. Considering community feedback is an important part of this process."


Mr Preshaw said the company has previously proposed a solar generation facility at the same site that would generate electricity using solar thermal technology rather than photovoltaic solar panels.


"The development application for the solar thermal plant will be amended by the company and the plant moved to an area adjacent to the site. The department will re-exhibit the amended plans for public feedback next year." Mr Preshaw said.


Read the proposal online and make a submission.

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