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Nillumbik Shire Council resolves to progress solar farm investigation

Nov 27, 2019
Nillumbik Shire Council resolves to progress solar farm investigation

Nillumbik Council like most municipalities in Australia has tasked itself with decarbonising its energy supply as part of its climate commitments. The former landfill site at Plenty in Victoria offers a large surface area where a significant amount of solar energy could be harvested .

Following a detailed feasibility study completed by Enhar, Nillumbik Shire Council resolved last night  to  engage with the solar farm development market, including examining options such as battery storage, potential community investment opportunities and power purchasing agreements for Council to buy back electricity from energy retailers.

The council news item quotes the Mayor Karen Egan who said: "We are exploring solar farm development opportunities that will provide cost savings to Council and our ratepayers over the life of the project," 

Enhar was engaged to provide the technical and financial feasibility study covering two possible sites and several business models.

The former Plenty landfill site presents the opportunity for Council to:

  • Re-purpose low value land
  • Develop local renewable energy to feed into the electricity grid for purchase by Council and/or other parties through a retailing arrangement
  • Support Nillumbik Council’s climate change actions and targets, including tangible support of the renewable energy economy

The proposed next step involves Council seeking offers from the market to fund and develop a solar farm at a range of sizes up to 5MW, and incorporating options such as battery storage.  Activities also planned include community consultation, as well as progressing preliminary designs, planning permit and grid connection aspects.

Contact Enhar  to find out more about our solar farm consultancy services.