Chinese solar plant approved for Mugga Lane

Share Canberra's trusted news:

solar panels

SIMON Corbell says planning approval for a 13 megawatt Solar Park at Mugga Lane is evidence the ACT is leading the nation in the transition from fossil fuel energy sources to cleaner renewables like solar and wind.

“The planning and land authority has approved, subject to conditions, Chinese company Zhenfa’s proposal for a 13 megawatt solar farm on the corner of Mugga Lane and the Monaro Hwy, adjacent to the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre,” Simon said.

The project, which will be connected to the Gilmore substation through an underground connection, includes half a megawatt of innovative tracking panels which will increase electricity output by following the sun over the course of the day.

“The Mugga Lane solar farm and the newly opened Royalla solar farm are set to deliver large scale renewable energy at an affordable price,” Mr Corbell said.

Both companies were granted guaranteed feed in tariffs through the ACT Solar Auction for a 20 year period.

“The cost to Canberrans of achieving 90% renewable energy is expected to peak at about $4 per household per week in 2020 before declining. This will be offset by savings of about $4 per household per week from energy efficiency programs put in place by the government.

“The delivery of this nation leading project is a big step for the ACT towards our greenhouse gas reduction targets of 40% by 2020, and becoming a carbon neutral city by 2060.

[Photo by Russ Ferriday, attribution licence]

Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep citynews.com.au free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleEnglish to be mandatory for the Year 12 Certificate
Next articleArthur Boyd coming to the National Gallery

Leave a Reply