WINTON SOLAR FARM starts construction - Benalla

Posted: 25th May

The first of several solar farms approved by the Benalla Rural City Council commenced in February 2020 with 150 temporary jobs during construction and ~5 permanent positions once the solar farm is operational in early 2021.
The 85 MW Winton Solar Farm is one of six renewable energy projects awarded through the Victorian Government’s renewable energy tender as part of the Government carbon emission plan.  Global developer FRV (Fotowatio Renewable Ventures) will produce enough energy to power approximately 50,000 homes, while avoiding the annual emission of around 150,000 tonnes of CO2.
FRV has awarded the Engineer, Procure and Construct (EPC) contract to Gransolar.  Construction of the solar farm will be in strict accordance with development plans approved by the Benalla Rural City Council in 2018.
Winton Solar Farm will create a new, sustainable industry that will complement existing agricultural activity. There will also be additional benefits for the region including sub-contracting opportunities and opportunities for local businesses during the construction phase.
Since Development Approval, FRV has continued to work with neighbours to ensure potential development impacts can be suitably managed.
Winton Solar Farm has entered into a connection agreement with AusNet under which the plant will be connected to the electricity grid via the existing Glenrowan substation.
The North East Victorian Jobs Hub in collaboration with Working for Victoria is currently advertising many jobs associated with this exciting project.

This project will bring the total value of FRV’s solar investments in the Australian renewable energy sector to around A$850 million.

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