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Solar City revival

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July 11, 2017

Greater Shepparton City Council has received a planning permit application for a possible solar farm at a site on Ferguson Rd, Tatura.

Plans for a second potential large-scale solar farm are being considered for an area near Shepparton, which was at one time known as the ‘‘Solar City’’.

Greater Shepparton City Council has received a planning permit application for a possible solar farm at a site on Ferguson Rd, Tatura.

The council’s sustainable development director Johann Rajaratnam confirmed the council had received the application for a facility with 45megawatts capacity and said it was now being considered.

‘‘I dare say we’ll advertise it, but we’re still considering it,’’ he said, adding some objections had been received so far.

‘‘It has trackers and modules like any other solar farm operation.

‘‘I think council’s keen on pursuing (such projects).’’

The applicant is advertised as CleanGen Projects.

Mr Rajaratnam said the council was pushing to ‘‘revive’’ Greater Shepparton’s tag as the solar city, which it had lost somewhat in recent decades.

‘‘So where there are proposals with solar power generation, we’ll try to look at it where possible,’’ Mr Rajaratnam said.

‘‘It’s recognition of where our (power) generation’s going to move to.

‘‘We’re trying to be on the leading edge of it, as opposed to followers.’’

Tatura-based former Greater Shepparton City councillor Kevin Ryan said a potential solar farm would likely prove a win for Tatura’s energy supply.

‘‘Tatura is short of power and electricity with the amount that gets used by large industries there,’’ Mr Ryan said.

Council last month was optimistic about the sod being turned this year on a separate large-scale solar facility project to be built south of Mooroopna.

Council plans to go to tender soon for parties wishing to develop the site and is in the closing stages of an expression of interest process for developing a facility capable of producing a minimum of 10megawatts.

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