A new $540 million solar farm near Wellington that will create up to 400 local construction jobs has been given the green light by the NSW Government.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the Wellington North Solar Farm will be able to power more than 100,000 homes once completed and significantly boost the local economy during construction.
“This project will provide hundreds of construction jobs and when finished generate enough clean renewable energy to power more than 100,000 homes,” Mr Stokes said.
“During the planning process we closely consulted with the local community and encouraged people to view, discuss and give detailed feedback on the proposal.”
Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the injection of a $540 million project into the local economy will be a major boost for Wellington and the surrounding areas.
“The big economic flow-on of hundreds of workers spending money locally is great news for local businesses, which have been doing it tough throughout the pandemic,” Mr Saunders said.
“Also, the applicant has committed to hire local workers so this is more good news for the local community.”
The project is located in an area that can contribute to the pilot Renewable Energy Zone in the Central West and Orana Region with access to the electricity grid.
To address impacts, the Department of Planning Industry and Environment has recommended a range of detailed conditions, developed in conjunction with government agencies and the local council, to ensure these impacts are minimised.
For more information visit Wellington North Solar Farm.