A planning permit for a $112million solar farm has been approved in Wunghnu.
Chief executive Mark Henderson said the 270ha site would house more than 200000 solar panels, producing about 102megawatts of power.
‘‘X-Elio Australia Pty Ltd is a Spanish-based company which specialises in the development of solar farms,’’ Mr Henderson said.
‘‘They have constructed solar farms across the world including Japan, South America, the Middle East, USA and Mexico.
‘‘Conditions will be set out to ensure a 10m-wide landscaping buffer will minimise visual impact around the solar farm.’’
Mr Henderson said the electricity produced on site would connect back into the grid and provide improved energy security for Numurkah, Cobram and Yarrawonga.
‘‘Local tradespeople wherever possible will be used to construct and install the solar panels and ancillary facilities,’’ he said.
‘‘After the initial construction period, X-Elio will employ staff to maintain the land, including slashing grass, eradicating weeds and vermin, managing the landscape buffer and general maintenance of the project.’’