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Gannawarra Shire seeks Victorian Government support for solar power stations near Kerang

2015-03-03 11:14:53

The Gannawarra Shire says it is confident the State Government will back a number of "shovel-ready" solar power stations near Kerang in Victoria's north.


The Federal Government had shown interest in the projects and the council said a 350 megawatt station at Lalbert, west of Kerang, was awaiting a review of the Renewable Energy Target.

The development has the potential to power about 220,000 homes and provide 200 jobs over a two to three-year period.

Mayor Neville Goulding said two smaller farms at a substation near Kerang were almost ready to go.

"We have support from the Federal Government and we just [need] support from [the] State Government now," he said.

"Our staff are still talking with the Minister's advisers, so yes looking forward to getting the neccessary dollars to get that across the line.

"Our solar farms are close by and we're looking for some funding from the State Government, so it would be great for those to happen because they will secure our power supply and help with alternative energies for the state."

The State Government has been contacted for a response.

Original Article:http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-24/northern-victorian-shire-seeks-vic-government/6245200

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