Have your say on Walla Walla solar farm

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is asking for community feedback on a development application for the proposed Walla Walla Solar Farm, 35km north of Albury.

Executive Director, Energy and Resource Assessments, Mike Young, said community input is a vital part of the planning process and encouraged everyone to have their say on the draft plans.

“The Walla Walla Solar Farm is proposed to be constructed on private land approximately four kilometres north east of Walla Walla and approximately 35km north of Albury,” he said.

“The proposed solar farm would consist of about 900,000 solar panels installed across the 605-hectare site.

“The solar farm would have a 300-megawatt (MW) capacity of clean, renewable energy – enough to supply around 112,000 NSW homes and save approximately 635,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per annum.”

The solar farm would be connected to the electricity network via the existing transmission line that runs parallel to Schneiders Road.

The Department will be holding a community information session regarding proposed solar developments in the region at the Jindera Community Hub, 83 Urana Street, Jindera on Thursday 7 November 2019 from 6pm to 8pm.

Mr Young said the information session is designed to assist the local community to better understand the assessment process and how to make a submission on the proposal.

“We want to hear from the community about their views on the proposal to help us make a thorough and rigorous assessment and ensure any potential impacts to the surrounding area and local residents are considered,” he said.

“Once the exhibition closes on 2 December, the Department will consider all community submissions received, along with advice and feedback from government agencies, including Council.”

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