NE Vic to go big on solar power

In a statement by the Victorian state government, North-East Victoria is set to lead the way in solar energy production thanks to several local solar farm projects.

Speaking at the Northern Victoria New Energy Technology Roundtable in Shepparton yesterday, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said regional Victoria had an essential role to play in helping the state transition to a renewable future.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said, “Northern Victoria have been leaders in the development of new technology and renewable energy initiatives, and will play a significant role moving Victoria to new energy future.”

With a number of solar farm projects in development, there is growing excitement and interest in the region about being part of the new energy economy.”

The roundtable, the second of its kind this year, brings together around 250 renewable energy project operators, technology providers, financiers and investors, local industry, community groups and other relevant stakeholders to identify projects, and promote new energy opportunities, jobs and economic growth in the region.

The Numurkah Solar Farm, which was chosen as a recipient of the state government’s solar tender, is expected to generate 38 MW of solar energy as part of this project, and will help fuel not only Victoria’s electricity network, but also Melbourne’s tram network.

This solar boom will also benefit local businesses, with opportunities for commercial roof solar installation for hospitals and processing industries.

Waste to energy projects and opportunities available in collaboration with local agricultural and food processing industries are also being explored.