Solar - all set

READY TO GO: Edify Energy chief executive officer, John Cole, left, and RCR Infrastructure senior project manager, Ben Fox updated residents on the Gannawarra Solar Farm project.

READY TO GO: Edify Energy chief executive officer, John Cole, left, and RCR Infrastructure senior project manager, Ben Fox updated residents on the Gannawarra Solar Farm project.

ON-SITE works at the location of Victoria's largest solar farm will begin by the end of the month.

More than 40 people – including company representatives, business owners and residents –learnt about the Gannawarra Solar Farm project during an information session on Tuesday night.

Representatives from Edify Energy and RCR Infrastructure were in attendance to provide an overview of the project, to be based on a Mallee farm property adjacent to the Lalbert-Kerang Road 12.5 kilometres west of Kerang.

Once completed in March 2018, the 50 megawatt photovoltaic solar farm site will connect to the Powercor electricity network, generating enough electricity to cater for 25,000 homes each year.

"This will be the largest solar farm in Victoria, and we do not know when our crown will be taken," Efidy Energy chief executive officer, John Cole said.

"This is a truly significant project, which is something we are really proud of."

The 130-hectare site will feature 170,000 solar panels, each based on a single axis that will tilt throughout the day to benefit from the maximum amount of sunlight available.

Electricity generated by the panels will be directed into inverters located throughout the site, which will increase the strength of the electricity to 33,000 watts.

An electricity sub-station to be built on-site will double the wattage, which will connect to the local energy grid.

"There has been quite a bit of work liaising with Powercor to ensure the electricity generated does not fluctuate," RCR Infrastructure senior project manager, Ben Fox said.

Planning is also occurring to accommodate enough batteries to store 100 kilowatts of electricity, with the State Government still to sign off on the tender.

"We are here for the long-term. We have a 20-year asset agreement to oversee the site," Mr Cole said. 

Up to eight trucks per day will enter the site during the construction period, with vegetation to be planted around the site's boundary.

"With the vegetation screening being planted, people will drive past and not know the site is there," Mr Cole said.

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