Overview

Numurkah Solar Farm is located about 6km south of Numurkah in VIC. It consists of up to 500 hectares of ground mounted solar panels.

The aim of this project is to develop an environmentally and economically sound solar farm.

Numurkah Solar Farm will generate approximately 255,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean, renewable electricity into the national power grid each year, thereby making a major contribution to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction. This reduction will be equivalent to taking either 75,000 cars off the road or planting 390,000 trees, producing enough electricity to power approximately 42,000 homes with renewable energy.

Neoen is focused on developing solar and wind projects in Victoria. A combination of an ambitious Victorian Renewable Energy Target and a proactive State Government to meet those targets provide highly favourable conditions for renewable energy projects in the State. Consequently, the company will expedite the development of Numurkah Solar Farm, as well as several other projects in Victoria.

Neoen will leverage off its experience developing five comparable projects in NSW, four of which have received federal support in the form of a grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

Construction is expected to start early 2018 providing employment opportunities for the region.

Site selection

Numurkah was identified by Neoen as a high-potential location for a solar farm in 2017.

An initial feasibility assessment has been undertaken to determine the suitability of the area to accommodate a solar farm. This feasibility assessment has been based on the following criteria:

  • Availability of an abundant solar resource
  • Proximity to an existing electricity substation with good connection capacity
  • Adequate local electricity load with potential for growth
  • Landholders supportive of developing a solar farm on their property
  • Low environmental impact
  • Low expected visual impact
  • Suitable land in terms of:
    • factors that affect solar yield and construction costs (e.g. proximity to existing substation)
    • topography
    • land area
    • land zoning
    • geology
    • hydrology including flooding risk, and
    • access to the site.

Planning

A planning permit application was lodged to Moira Shire Council in April 2017. A response for the application is expected to be received by May 2017.

Studies undertaken as part of the planning permit application include:

  • biodiversity
  • heritage (including Aboriginal heritage)
  • noise assessment
  • hydrology and flooding
  • soils
  • traffic and transport, and
  • bushfire risk.

Site Location and Preliminary Layout

The Numurkah Solar Farm site comprises approximately 500 hectares of private freehold land and will consist of approximately 350,000 solar panels.

Electrical Connection

The electricity generated from the solar farm will be transmitted via internal overhead cabling to the national electricity grid. The project will connect to an on-site zone substation anticipated to be located along Kellys Road.

The power generated from the Numurkah Solar Farm will flow into the national electricity network.