Greater Shepparton City Council remains optimistic about the sod being turned on a forthcoming large-scale solar facility to be built south of Mooroopna by the end of the year.
Council plans to soon go to tender for parties wishing to develop the site after already conducting an expressions of interest process.
It is in the closing stages of an expression of interest process, where the net was cast out for those interested in developing a large scale solar farm on GV Link land.
‘‘The parties who made application will now move to the next stage through a limited tender process,’’ a statement from council said.
Some in the Goulburn Valley energy sector believe the site has the capacity to be among the largest solar facilities in the state.
Chief executive Peter Harriott said the council faced a ‘‘reasonably complex process.’’
‘‘We are at the stage (where) we’re about to convert that to a tender process,’’ Mr Harriott said.
‘‘The tender and the brief are guided by the learnings coming out of the EOI.’’
Mr Harriott anticipated the council would be going out to tender ‘‘in the next fortnight or so’’.
‘‘The turning of the sod, that’s going to be towards the end of the current year.’’
The expression of interest call-out period concluded earlier this year for parties interested in leasing the slab of local land to build the facility.
Council’s investment attraction manager Geraldine Christou had in April said more details on the to-be-constructed facility capable of producing a minimum of 10 megawatts would be released this month.
She had hoped the facility would reverse uncertainty caused by extra energy costs estimated as being in the millions for some businesses.