The proposed Glenellen Solar Farm situated 15 km North of Albury in the Greater Hume Shire area will convert energy from the sun into electricity, with a capacity of c. 180 to 200 MW. This will be refined during the project design and development stage.
In recent months we have undertaken preliminary studies of the project area including biodiversity, elevation surveying (i.e. contour mapping) and hydrology.
We have also commenced community consultation where valuable feedback was received which will be reflected in future project designs. Among other things, this includes appropriate setbacks and buffers as well as screening and carefully planned traffic management. The plan shown on the opposite page reflects where the current design has been sympathetic to the feedback we have received.
While conversations with neighbours generally showed positive responses towards a solar farm in the area, some concerns were raised and mitigation options discussed. These included impacts to neighbouring residences in regards to visual amenity, noise, dust and traffic, property values as well as project impacts on agricultural land, soil and climate. These themes will be considered and addressed in the environmental impact assessment documentation and ongoing community consultation.
The feedback of early community engagement and preliminary studies has helped to inform the Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) which has recently been submitted to the Department of Planning and Environment. This marks the first step of the environmental impact assessment process for the project.
Community consultation is, and will remain, a key focus of our activities throughout the Glenellen Solar Farm process, including meeting and chatting with landowners, community members, advocacy groups, Councils and local businesses.