Community

Our commitment to people and sustainability

Utility-scale solar is a highly complementary industry for Benalla’s existing rural landscape and agricultural areas. Solar will also help diversify local economic production by introducing a long-term, sustainable industry that provides economic and social benefit to the surrounding region.

Winton Solar Farm will create employment opportunities, produce no emissions from electricity generation and have significantly lower environmental impact relative to other electricity generation methods.

Importantly, FRV also prioritises genuine engagement and benefit sharing with neighbours and residents living within the near vicinity of the Winton Solar Farm.

If you are a member of the community or are just interested in the project, we encourage you to share any thoughts, concerns or suggestions you may have. You can provide general comments relating to the Winton Solar Farm or FRV here. Please include accurate and complete contact information so we can get in touch to further understand your comments.

Social Benefits

  • Winton Solar Farm will create job opportunities during construction and operation.
  • It is estimated that up to around 200 workers will be required to construct the project.
  • During operation up to around 5 jobs will be created.
  • FRV will also look to share a proportion of profits with local community groups and organisations and where possible, support the training of local workers so specialist knowledge and skills remain in the area.

Economic Benefits

  • Winton Solar Farm will represent a positive diversification of the local economy and bring investment to the area.
  • Winton Solar Farm will deliver additional indirect economic opportunities to local businesses including local grocery stores, restaurants, cafés, accommodation providers and petrol stations.

Environmental Benefits

Winton Solar Farm will deliver clean, zero emissions electricity to meet the region’s energy needs and helps further the development of the Australian clean energy industry. Engagement with key community groups is also underway to understand and manage environmental features of the site, including habitat for the Regent Honeyeater, known to live in the area.