Winton Solar Farm is located around 25km south-west of Wangaratta, near the town of Winton, in the shire of Benalla in central north Victoria. The site covers approximately 250Ha of agricultural land currently used for livestock grazing.
Winton Solar Farm will use the latest in solar energy generation technology. Solar energy will be captured using solar panels – like those seen on household rooftops – that will track the sun throughout the day to capture solar energy – a clean, infinite energy source.
The project received development approval in January 2018 and is now in detailed design. The final design of the project prior to construction will determine the plant configuration, layout and specific equipment to be used, as well as the solar farm’s electricity generating capacity. At this stage, a capacity of up to 85MWac is envisaged. This is enough clean energy to power 52,000 homes.
Environmental studies will be taken into account during the design phase to ensure that any potential impacts on native vegetation, birds or animals are minimised or avoided. This includes impacts to the Regent Honeyeater and other bird species known to be in the area.
It is envisaged that construction could commence sometime in late 2018 and be completed in around 12 months. The plant will have an operating life of around 30 years.
Consultation with residents and stakeholders is also underway to help inform our plans for the solar farm site.