Wellington Shire Council has approved a planning permit for the development of a $40m solar farm, located north of Maffra.
The project applicant, ARP Australian Solar Pty Ltd, plans to construct the farm on a 63-hectare property located at 148 Brewers Hill Road.
The development will see 125,000 solar panels installed on-site, and it is estimated the farm will produce enough electricity to power over 7,000 homes.
It will be the first solar farm located in Wellington Shire, and aligns with Council’s commitment to develop a sustainable and environmentally friendly municipality.
Development of the solar farm will also benefit the local economy, with the proponent estimating approximately 200 jobs will be created during the construction phase. A smaller number of ongoing employment opportunities will also be available once the farm is operational.
Extensive consultation was undertaken by ARP Australian Solar Pty Ltd with neighbouring properties and the local community prior to the permit being issued.
Wellington Shire Council looks forward to working with ARP Australian Solar Pty Ltd during this project, and welcomes their investment into our local economy.