We are closer to developing a solar farm on the former Plenty landfill site after awarding the tender for its development and operation to renewable energy project company LMS Energy Pty Ltd.

At its Ordinary Meeting of Council on 15 September, Council voted to proceed with plans to develop the solar farm at the site, in Yan Yean Rd, Plenty

As part of the agreement the solar farm will initially supply electrical power to Council’s corporate buildings, including the Civic Centre and street lighting as part of a phased approach under a power purchasing agreement.

LMS is responsible for the cost of developing and maintaining the Solar Farm. Council will purchase fixed priced electricity through the term of the Power Purchase Agreement which will achieve cost savings compared with business-as-usual.

This phased approach provides further opportunities to increase the size and output of the solar farm to supply other sources, such as Council’s tenanted buildings, the community and local businesses– dependant on demand and commitments.

The phased approach will also provide future considerations in relation to potential community investment opportunities and well as future battery storage solutions.

It is estimated that construction will commence in 2023, upon completion of all community consultation, design, permit application and site remediation requirements.