THE possibility of Yanco being home to a huge solar farm is another step closer to reality.
The Department of Planning and Environment is now seeking community feedback on the proposal for a new 60 megawatt (MW) solar farm at Yanco.
The Department's acting director of resource and energy Assessments Nicole Brewer said the proposal is on public exhibition from Wednesday this week until May 22.
"Consideration of community feedback is vital to our assessment process and we've made it easy for people to have their say online, via our website," Ms Brewer said.
"Alternatively, residents can visit Leeton Shire Council and the Leeton library to read a hard copy and they can post a submission to the department.
"The proposed 60 MW solar farm and energy storage facility would be located around one kilometre west of Yanco and could potentially provide energy for 22,000 homes.
"The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) outlines any potential impacts including any noise or visual impacts, and what will be done to mitigate these issues."
The EIS and all associated documents are available to view on the NSW major projects planning portal.
The project has been put forward by ib vogt, an international emgineering company.
The Yanco Solar Farm - as it would be called - would occupy approximately 200 hectares of land and would connect to the Yanco Transgrid Electrical Substation (to the south east of the project site) via a new 33 KV transmission line.
"This is a great opportunity for the community and other stakeholders to get involved and have their say on the proposed development at Yanco," Ms Brewer said.
"People can also sign up on the planning portal website for regular project updates."
Once the exhibition period closes, the department will consider all community submissions received, along with feedback from other government agencies and councils, as part of a rigorous assessment process.
To provide feedback, visit https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/major-projects/project/9391.
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