BATHURST is the ideal location for a new solar power plant, the owners of the prospective facility say.
The 190 hectare solar farm could be constructed just seven kilometres south-east of Bathurst at Brewongle if plans are approved by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
Within the next fortnight Photon Energy Australia Pty Ltd will lodge plans to build a 129 MWp capacity solar power plant.
The farm will have the capacity to power 46,000 average Australian homes and save 223,161 tonnes in C02 emissions annually.
Photon Energy project development team’s Nick Guzowski told the Western Advocate that the site was ideal for a number of reasons.
“It’s close to Bathurst and very close to Sydney,” the said.
Brewongle’s proximity to high voltage infrastructure was also a key factor.
“There’s high voltage transmission line already there,” he said.
While the proposed plant may be able to produce enough power for all of Bathurst, and then some, power produced at the farm will go into the national grid network.
“Power could go nationally, but so that there’s not too many loses it’s better if it’s consumed locally,” Mr Guzowski said.
Finally, he said cleared, flat was required for a solar farm and as the land was currently used for agricultural grazing it was largely clear of trees and infrastructure.
Mr Guzowski said said Photon Energy had already secured tenure of the land.
If plans are approved the installation will take 18 months, with the power plant expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2019.
Photon Energy Australia Pty Ltd will hold a community consultation meeting on Wednesday, September 6 at 6.30pm at Raglan Community Hall on Frome Street for anyone interested in the Brewongle Solar Farm.
For further information contact Photon Energy at firstname.lastname@example.org.