New Australian renewable energy developer Rio Indygen is proposing to build a 25-megawatt solar farm project to be installed in the New South Wales Hunter Region.
According to a report published on the Renew Economy website, the solar farm project is being proposed for a 50-hectare parcel of land in the Dungog Shire, to be connected to an existing substation at Martins Creek.
The Dungog Chronicle also reported that the company is also proposing solar projects in various areas in New South Wales, such as a 17-megawatt solar farm to be installed in Nana Glen and a 10-megawatt project for the Eurobodalla Shire. Rio Indygen has also ensured an alternative to lease the land in Dungog Shire and is presently in the stage of the submission of a development application to the Shire Council.
“The Chronicle also reports that the location of the proposed solar farm is already raising objections from within the surrounding communities, based on concerns about the project’s visual and environmental impacts, and its effect on local agriculture,” the article further reported.
Furthermore, Project Manager Andy Barrow has been quoted stating that the solar farm would have a positive effect on the local economy and environment, which also includes an enhanced ecosystem.
Barrow was quoted saying, “The wider economic impact of the building of the solar farm will be felt during the 6-month construction phase.”
“This will include spending at hotels, shops, restaurants, equipment, plant and material suppliers,” he added.
The Nana Glen project website stated that the company, Rio Indygen, is an Australian company that has been active in the local market for 18 months. The post on the website further mentioned, “During this time, they have developed knowledge and relationships which give the communities in which they work confidence that they are a strong and trusted organisation. The business is led by Managing Director David Ashton who has many years of working experience in the renewable energy sector around the globe. His most recent success is the construction of a 7 grid-connected solar farms throughout the United Kingdom.”
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