Dunedoo Solar Farm project to hold open day on Tuesday

The company proposing to build the 66-megawatt Dunedoo Solar Farm will hold an open day at the Jubilee Memorial Hall at Dunedoo on Tuesday.

German engineering company ib vogt says the project would generate 100 jobs in the region during the construction phase, and two or three full-time jobs once construction of the farm was complete.

The proposed site is two kilometres north of Dunedoo and would include solar arrays, a substation, an energy storage facility and transmission line to connect to the existing substation on the northern side of Dunedoo.

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The company said through its website it wanted to hear from residents about their concerns and queries about the project. 

An environmental assessment for the proposed site began in October, and the company plans to use that and community feedback to submit a development application and environmental impact statement by February.

It then hopes to receive approval by May or June to begin construction in late-2018.

One Dunedoo resident has already voiced their opposition to the project. In a letter to the Mudgee Guardian, George Altomonte said he was concerned the project could be built on prime agricultural land.

“At the outset I would note that the word “farm” is a complete misnomer,” Mr Altomonte wrote. 

“What is being proposed is a full scale industrial complex, not a rural industry which may be permissible under the Warrumbungle DCP. 

“There is no provision under the DCP for an approval of an industrial development of this scale on rural land.”

Mr Altomonte said he was also concerned about the visual impact and potential glare on the town.

The meeting at Dunedoo’s Jubilee Memorial Hall, located at 154 Balaro St, runs between 2pm and 8pm on Tuesday.

Feedback can also be left on the company’s website www.dunedoosolarfarm.com.au/.

To read George Altomonte’s letter in full, turn to page 7.