Source: ReNew Economy.
A 75MW solar and battery plant proposed for Victoria’s Latrobe Valley has been waved through by the state government as part of a decision to fast track construction and other project that will create jobs and stimulate growth in the post-Covid economy.
South Energy’s $110 million Frasers solar farm near Toongabbie in eastern Victoria was one of more than $1 billion worth of building and development projects – and the only renewable energy project – to be “called in” and approved for development by state planning minister Richard Wynne on Wednesday.
The raft of planning permits was issued as part of the Building Victoria’s Recovery Taskforce’s fast-track function, aimed at creating jobs and stimulating economic growth while also contributing to broader social objectives like emissions reduction.
Frasers Solar Farm had been proposed for development around 2km south of Toongabbie and 5km north of Glengarry in eastern Victoria, spanning 110 hectares and comprising around 228,000 solar panels, and potentially including an up to 20MW/40MWh battery energy storage system.