A 440MW DC Solar Farm with 100MW battery located 6km North West of Rushworth, Victoria. The project is owned and developed by the Leeson Group a Melbourne based renewable energy company.
220kV AC connection to the Victorian Transmission Network
700 people employed at peak construction
30 ongoing jobs for operation
Development Application submitted
Grid Connection in the process
Project Value $520 million
Project Start Q4 2021
Construction period 24 months
The development and construction of Corop Solar Farm will produce substantial benefits for the local community including an expected 700 jobs employed at the peak of construction and ongoing employment for maintenance and operations.
The project will also provide benefits for other sectors in the local community including accommodation, food services and fuel to name a few.
Leeson Group’s consultation is primarily intended to inform, consult and involve stakeholders so decisions about planning, construction, operation and eventual decommissioning of the solar farm are made in the best interests of all parties.
A second and important reason for engaging with the community is to support the growth of renewable energy activities in the region. Leeson Group will provide technical information in plain English so the community is aware of the benefits and opportunities the growth of the renewables industry can provide in Victoria.
Our process is to:
ENGAGE - Engaging with the community and stakeholders to ensure they are informed of the factual status of the project.
DISCUSS - Communicate with all community and stake holders to address issues and concerns with the project.
RESPOND - Responding to the issues and concerns of stakeholders ensuring that transparency is maintained throughout the development, construction, operations and decommissioning of the project.
Our project will be part of the economic progression of the region and will uphold the communities, shires and states environmental and social benefits and impact requirements. Below we have outlined common questions in relation to our project.
Use of Agricultural Land:
The project includes the implementation of a land management plan which will sustain the quality of the land and pasture for soil conservation purposes to the benefit of long-term agricultural values should the land convert back to agriculture with appropriate remediation expected as a condition of the sought permit. To assist with routine land management sheep grazing is expected to be introduced to keep the grass down and continue with sustainable levels of productive agriculture as sheep are sent to market and replaced.
Devaluation of Neighbouring Properties:
Implementation of large amounts of landscaping so the solar farm cannot be seen from the road or neighbouring properties is something that was implemented through the initial project consultation process and continues through consultation with neighbours and the community. Once the vegetation screening has grown there will be limited visual effect on neighbouring properties.
Improvements such as access tracks, property maintenance, pest control and local environmental and economic benefits may have a positive effect on property values.
Due to the low maintenance of solar farms, the operational phase of the project will be no greater than standard operations of the existing farm.
The project ensures that remnant native vegetation is to be retained, and the Flora and Fauna Due Diligence report prepared by Green Edge Environmental addresses matters regarding Flora and Fauna which confirms there will be no impact.
The solar module manufacturing process, shipping and installation will create a certain level of carbon dioxide, generally, a solar farm will offset the carbon the manufacturing and construction process has produced in 2 - 3 years. The project life being 30 years means that many more times the carbon produced from the manufacturing and construction process is reduced every year from electricity generation in Australia.
The management plans for the project will include a strict policy for the decommissioning of the solar farm and recycling of all the solar panels, steel, aluminum, inverters, transformers and other equipment imported to the site.