Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has welcomed the construction stage of the 70 megawatt Moree Solar Farm.
Mr Coulton said that Moree was an ideal location for a large scale solar project because of the solar levels experienced in the area, the flat ground and the support that had been offered by the community.
Mr Coulton was joined representatives Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (project proponents), State Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy Leslie Williams, Moree Plains Shire Council Mayor Katrina Humphries and Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) CEO Ivor Frischknecht.
“I am very pleased to be able to be here today for the sod turning of the Moree Solar Farm. This project will be the first of its kind in Australia, a large scale scheme which uses a single-axis horizontal tracking system,” said Mr Coulton.
“For our renewable energy industry to mature, we need to have projects like this one, to understand how all the elements can be put together most efficiently.”
“The project is also great for the town of Moree and local job creation and would not have gone ahead without the support of the community.”
The Moree Solar Farm will receive $101.7 million of support through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.