On Friday 9 April, photographer Heath Whiley took these wonderful photos of the team from Solar Gain installing solar panels on Munro Avenue Preschool - the inaugural REB Community Energy Project. Renewable Energy Benalla would like to acknowledge Solar Gain for their generous'in-kind' contribution of labour costs involved in installing the panels, along with a significant initial contribution to establish the Renewable Energy Fund by Sandy and Sue Campbell, and of course the Community Grant of $5000 received from the Winton Solar Farm.
The PV solar array and connection assets for the Goorambat East Solar Farm, a 640 hectare large utility scale solar farm rated at 250MWs, were approved with a planning permit in December 2019 by the Benalla Rural City Council. Neoen are underway planning of a new Telstra Mobile Tower to service both the project and the community. Landscape screening plans are also being considered as the project is preparing for construction. (Goorambat Solar Farm webpage accessed 3 April, 2021.)
The February Bulletin from Neoen's Goorambat Solar Farm released explained that "progress on the Goorambat Solar Farms has slowed due to grid connection issues. Neoen is working hard behind the scenes to keep the projects moving'.
Neoen's recent involvement with the Goorambat community includes:
Goorambat Solar Farms - Community Relations Plan - It is noted Goorambat East Solar Farm is able to operate as a stand alone plan within Neoen's Goorambat Solar Farm development.
Mailing list - if you would like to receive regular updates directly from Neoen, go to the Goorambat Solar Farm's Contact Page
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Banner - launch of REB's Munro Avenue Pre School 'behind the meter' solar panel installation, May 6 '21