BENALLA IS THE IDEAL LOCATION FOR A SOLAR FARM
Located approximately 4 km north-east of the Benalla township in northern Victoria, the Kennedys Creek Solar Farm is situated just off Benalla-Yarrawonga Road on 290 hectares of even terrain within industrial zone and farming zone.
WHY THIS LOCATION?
Located in Victoria’s north-east region, the Rural City of Benalla is considered to be an ideal area to build a solar farm. Here are some of the reasons why we have chosen Benalla
- Its position guarantees key sun exposure to Northern Victoria’s abundant sunlight
- The mostly even terrain has been largely cleared for agriculture in the past
- The surrounding and adjoining agricultural farmland provides natural screening, minimising the potential visual impact and disruptions on nearby populations
- Close proximity to the Midland Highway and Hume Freeway and access points have been created on site for transport through the arterial Benalla-Yarrawonga Road
- It is highly accommodating and accessible to high voltage electricity powerlines that will be used for a unified connection to the Glenrowan-Shepparton 220kV transmission network and National Electricity Market (NEM)
Most of the electricity supplied to Victorian households comes from coal ﬁred power stations in the Latrobe Valley. However, due to well publicised environmental, health and safety concerns, there are plans to gradually shut down the operations of these ageing power stations.
To cope with the potential shortfalls in energy capacity associated with these closures, and to ensure energy security for future generations, new forms of modern and cleaner energy sources are urgently needed.
For this reason, both the Victorian and Australian governments have announced initiatives to encourage investment into the development of renewable energy projects. The Federal Government is aiming for 23.5 per cent of Australia’s total energy usage to be from renewable energy, while the State Government is committed to 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025. The Victorian Government is now in the process of increasing its target to 50 per cent by 2030.
When it comes to meeting renewable energy targets, European countries, including Germany and the UK, have been leading by example, showing the world that it is indeed possible to switch to 100 per cent renewable power in a manner that is both viable and realistic. With its sunny plains and windy coastlines, Australia is in the box seat to join these nations in leading the way for clean energy.