19MW Solar Farm Opened to Benefit 6,000
The Impact Investment Group (IIG) and Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor Les McPhee have officially opened a new solar farm in Swan Hill’s outskirts this afternoon.
The $36 million project off Blackwire Road has approximately 50,000 panels and is claimed to have a 30-year life.
More than 6,000 homes will be powered by the new solar farm, with the Impact Investment Group claiming more than 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions will be saved throughout the farm’s lifetime.
The official opening was preceded by an Aboriginal smoking ceremony to acknowledge the Wamba-Wamba custodians.
Cr McPhee says the importance of the project to the region shouldn’t be underestimated.
“This project is not only significant in terms of economic benefit and local job creation, but also in the flow-on business development opportunities and lowering our carbon footprint,” McPhee said.
“They (IIG) have been absolutely fantastic to work with and now we’re looking forward to a cleaner, greener future.”
Impact Investment Group’s Head of Renewable Energy Infrastructure Lane Crockett says he’s proud of the positive environmental impact the farm will have on the region.
“In comparison to a coal-fired plant, this Solar Farm will save approximately 155 million litres of water each year - a resource that gets more precious with each passing year,” Crockett said.
“People in this area see the effects of climate change first-hand, but they could be seeing more new, innovative projects like this that are part of the solution.”