A $540 million solar farm near Wellington has been given the green light by the NSW Government.
The Wellington North Solar Farm is expected to create up to 400 local construction jobs, and be able to power more than 100,000 homes once completed.
Twelve submissions were received. Of those four were from the public, two which objected and two which were supportive of the project. The eight other submissions were from organisations including NSW Rural Fire Services, Dubbo Regional Council, RMS and the Environmental Protection Agency.
To address impacts, the Department of Planning Industry and Environment has recommended a range of detailed conditions, developed in conjunction with government agencies and the local council, to ensure these impacts are minimised.
"The big economic flow-on of hundreds of workers spending money locally is great news for local businesses, which have been doing it tough throughout the pandemic," Mr Saunders said.
"Also, the applicant has committed to hire local workers so this is more good news for the local community."