MEDIA RELEASE | Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Bespoke website for $45m Wangaratta solar project
Renewable energy development company, Countrywide Energy Pty Ltd (CWE) has launched a bespoke website for the Wangaratta Solar Farm project at North Wangaratta; its address is www.wangarattasolarfarm.com.au
Announcing the site’s launch, CWE Development Director Geoff Drucker said, “As we approach the start of construction it is important that to inform the local community, especially our solar farm neighbours, of progress on the project.
“As well as providing details on the project through a comprehensive Q&A page, the site offers professionals and tradespeople an opportunity to register their interest in playing a role in the construction, operation and maintenance of the solar farm.
“Already a number of local specialists and businesses have expressed interest in being involved with the project which will employ approximately 60 people during construction and at least five more permanently after the project is commissioned.
Construction of the solar farm will be the responsibility of a single organisation that is engaged by Countrywide Energy; called an EPC contractor (engineering, procurement and construction). Detailed engineering design is due to begin in the second quarter of this year.
“Interested parties can also subscribe to a newsletter about the solar farm which will be regularly published to keep people informed of the construction program and developments, such as a tree-planting program,” Mr Drucker said.
With Development Approval granted by the Rural City of Wangaratta, a connection agreement close to finalised with Ausnet Services and landholder agreements, the project is ready for investment to fund the $45m required for construction. To that end expressions of interest have been forthcoming from infrastructure funds and other interests that have an appetite for ethical investments and long-life projects that offer secure returns.
CWE’s Technical Director, Leigh Newbery said, “The planned 20 megawatt Wangaratta Solar Farm will be the largest operational solar farm in Victoria when completed. Since the development was announced last May, we have doubled its size and power generation and its cost of construction has fallen as large-scale solar expands, making this project a more attractive investment,” he said.
Geoff Drucker, Tel 0419 817 827
Leigh Newbery, Tel 0409 530 348