Simon Corbell has braced himself for your complaints over the possible locations for a solar power plant here in the ACT.
- “The Government has identified two potential sites for the solar facility, one within Kowen Forest and other within the former Ingledene Forest,” said Mr Corbell.
“Naming two possible sites for the facility does not in any way preclude potential solar power facility proponents coming forward with other suggestions, but the site must be located within the borders of the ACT,” Mr Corbell said.
“Any sites in this project must be scrutinised through a community consultation process as well as satisfying ACT planning regulations including lodging a development application.
I gather Ingledene Forest is to the south of Tharwa which should at least cheer Val Jeffreys up with the possibility of customers in his store.
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At the same time Simon is also asking for industry to put its hand up to build and operate the thing.
- The Government will commit $30 million towards the facility, with the nature of the contribution to be finalised in consultation with the preferred proponent.
“We are prepared to make a substantial contribution towards establishing this facility and to building a firm foundation for renewable energy generation in the ACT.
“Through the EOI we are seeking proposals for a solar power facility that uses commercially proven direct solar technology, is capable of providing power to at least 10,000 homes, is located within the ACT, is commercially viable and meets the scheduled generator requirements under the National Electricity Market.