Baringhup solar farm gets tick of approval

A 230 hectare solar farm will be constructed in Baringhup after the state’s planning minister gave it the green light last week.

The 75 megawatt, $192 million project will see 260,000 solar panels installed over 230 hectares at a site on Baringhup West Road, includes a 37MW battery and is expected to generate enough power for 34,000 households each year.

According to the state’s planning department, the decision to approve the project was made after thorough consideration of community feedback and advice from an independent advisory panel to get the best outcomes for community, environment and energy reliability.

The Mount Alexander Shire Council had received a number of objections regarding the application, with objections regarding the impact of the development on amenity and the environment in Baringhup as well as loss of agricultural land.

Planning Panels Victoria was instructed to run the planning permit application by the Minister for Planning Richard Wynne following a request by the Mount Alexander Shire Council in March 2019 for Mr Wynne to make a decision on the application.

For more on this story see Page 7 of The Advertiser, Friday, January 10

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