47 MW solar farm proposed for Wagga Wagga

Rural NSW continues to attract proposals for utility scale solar projects. The latest, as reported by Wagga Wagga’s Daily Advertiser, is a 47 MW plant to be located at Gregadoo. Project proponent Green Switch Australia hosted a discussion with locals about the project on February 27.

The project has not yet received government approvals. Green Switch Australia hopes to submit its application to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment in April.

The Daily Advertiser quoted some residents as being concerned about the damage heavy traffic, during the park’s construction, could do to local roads and the potential glare off the modules.

Climate Rescue Wagga’s was quoted by the local newspaper as welcoming the development.

“I think it’s wonderful – it will bring a new industry to Wagga and help us generate our own power,” said Stephen James, from Climate Rescue Wagga. “47 megawatts peak is actually a significant chunk of Wagga’s average draw, by no means all of it, but a substantial chunk will be generated locally.”

The project is reported to carry a price tag of $30 million.