Currently, there are a significant number of large scale renewable energy proposals seeking permits in the Hume region. Some projects that have approval and planning permits are:
The Winton Solar Farm, 25km north east of Benalla, was recently announced as a successful Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme (PDF, 371.0 KB) (VREAS) project. The VREAS was set up to support achievement of the Victorian Renewable Energy Targets (VRET) that will ensure 25 per cent of the State’s electricity generation comes from renewable sources by 2020.
The Winton Solar Farm is 250 ha and will have a capacity of 98.8 MW, producing enough energy to supply approximately 50,000 homes. This will avoid annual emissions of around 150,000 tons of CO2. Construction will commence in early 2019 and will be commercially operable by early 2020.
The construction of the 100MW (AC) Numurkah Solar Farm, 6 km south of Numurkah, is well underway. Approximately 255,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean, renewable electricity will be generated and the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will be equivalent to taking either 75,000 cars off the road or planting 390,000 trees. The Nurmurkah Solar Farm will supply the Victorian Government with green energy to power Melbourne’s trams.
The Congupna solar farm proposal was recently approved, and will produce 68 MW of clean energy, create around 250 jobs and power approximately 22,600 homes. The project will be built on non-irrigated agricultural land and drive around $38 million in capital expenditure. The developer is the Spanish company X-Elio Australia.
Decisions on the Tallygaroopna, Lemnos and Tatura East solar farm applications have been deferred until further strategic work is completed for the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District.
The proposed Cherry Tree Wind Farm, located approximately 15 km south east of the Seymour township is expected to commence construction in early 2019 and reach commercial operation by Q2 2020. It will have up to 16 wind turbines (58 MW installed capacity) and could power approximately 37,000 average Victorian households, avoiding the emission of 200,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.