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The NSW Government has approved the construction of a new solar farm in Wagga Wagga, providing a boost to local businesses.

 

The Department of Planning and Environment approved the 47megawatt (MW) solar farm in Gregadoo which will support more than 150 construction jobs over the coming year.

 

Director of Resource Assessments, Clay Preshaw, said the $61 million Gregadoo facility will be able to power more than 17,500 homes each year and provide a significant economic boost to Wagga Wagga’s local economy.

 

“This project will support over a hundred construction jobs that will be sourced locally over the construction period,” he said.

 

The NSW Government assesses all applications on their merits, under planning legislation and clear official policies to consider any potential benefits or impacts to the environment, the economy and the community.

 

There were no formal objections from local community members, however the Department did consult with a number of surrounding landowners, whom raised concerns about visual impacts and land use compatibility.

 

Mr Preshaw said this project will increase electricity capacity, cut greenhouse emissions and create jobs for local communities.

 

He said the project approval followed the release of a new Large-Scale Solar Energy Guideline developed by the Department and designed to lead applicants and the community through the assessment process for state significant solar farm proposals.

 

“The NSW Large Scale Solar Guideline aims to provide clear and consistent guidance to the community, applicants, industry and regulators on the environmental and social impacts of state significant solar energy projects, encouraging early and continued consultation, and suitable site selection,” he said.

 

“The new guideline reflects the NSW Government’s strong commitment to NSW’S booming solar energy market.

 

“To date, the NSW Government and independent regional planning panels have approved a total of 50 large scale solar projects across the state,” Mr Preshaw said.

 

For more information visit the Gregadoo solar farm project page.

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