Three solar farms, with a combined output of 320 megawatts, are scheduled to be up and running by 2018 in the northwest Victorian towns of Yatpool, Iraak and Wemen.
Running at peak capacity, that’s enough electricity to power Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo all at the same time.
According to The Age work on the $500 million project is set to begin in April, and will create 200 jobs.
Aussie company Overland Sun Farming is looking after the construction of all three farms, and will be partially funded by national renewable energy target incentives. Whilst waiting for the Victorian government to have its own scheme, the price of the panels themselves dropped to a point where the project became possible without one.
Victoria is also currently on the lookout for contractors to build a grid-scale 20 megawatt battery battery storage facility in the state’s southwest. Set to be the first of its kind in Australia, it will dramatically increase the the reliability of the power grid.