$250m shine for Waroona
Waroona residents are being urged to attend an information session about a 300ha solar farm project being planned near the town.
The $250 million Waroona Solar Farm proposal is expected to have a production capacity of about 165MW, creating enough energy to power 60,000 homes on the grid.
Proponents for the proposed solar farm, South Energy, will hold an information session at the Waroona Memorial Hall on August 1 from 3.30pm to 7pm as part of the company’s community consultation.
South Energy project manager Baifu Du said the Waroona-based project would be in addition to the company’s planned solar farm in Benger, also in the development phase.
“Showing great respect to the local community, we encourage as many community members as possible to come to the information session, and to ask us questions about the proposed Waroona Solar Farm project,” Mr Du said.
“We are committed to working with the local community to deliver this project by ensuring their ideas, perspectives and opinion will be heard and taken into consideration in our development process.
“We trust that this will help achieve a better outcome for the entire community in the long-term.”
The company’s proposed $150 million Benger Solar Farm would see solar panels installed on 187ha of agricultural land on Campbell Road, close to Partridge Road and Wellesley Road North.
The Benger panels would have a potential production capacity of about 100MW, or enough energy to power the equivalent of 35,000 homes once connected to the Western Power grid.
The Waroona proposal is almost double in size covering about 300ha of agricultural land at the end of Landwehr Road, 11km south-west from the Waroona town centre.
The project would also offset more than 250,000 tonnes of carbon per year.
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