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34.2MW

Solar Farms

In 2015 Leeson Group diversified into Solar Farm development to drive its focus on Australia's transition to renewable energy. ​We assist with purchasing the land, planning and permits, solar farm design and grid modeling studies.

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500MW in development

  • With currently a pipeline of 500MW of solar farms in the connection application process in Victoria and a pipeline of 1GW in Australia, Leeson Group has successfully developed the below projects with excellent environmental, social, community and investor outcomes.​
Utility-Scale

Solar Farm Developments

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Cohuna Solar Farm

A 34.2MW DC Solar Farm located 9km's South of Cohuna, Victoria. The project is a development of the Leeson Group a Melbourne based renewable energy company.

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Corop Solar Farm

A 400MW DC Solar Farm located 6km North West of Rushworth, Victoria. The project is owned and developed by the Leeson Group a Melbourne based renewable energy company.​

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Girgarre Solar Farm

Girgarre Solar Farm is a 100MW DC Solar Power Farmunder development in South-West of Kyabram.The Solar Farm will provide energy to the regions farms and towns.

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Robinvale Solar Farm

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Community

Inform and consult with community

The development and construction of our solar farms will produce substantial benefits for the local community including expected jobs employed at the peak of construction and ongoing employment for maintenance and operations.

The projects will also provide benefits for other sectors in the local community including accommodation, food services and fuel.
Community

The consultation

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 farms 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.
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    ENGAGE - Engaging with the community and stakeholders to ensure they are informed of the factual status of the project.
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    DISCUSS - Communicate with all community and stake holders to address issues and concerns with the project.
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    RESPOND - Responding to the issues and concerns of stakeholders ensuring that transparency is maintained throughout the development, construction, operations and decommissioning of the project.

Use of agricultural land

The projects include 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.

Environmental status

Leeson Group has maintained on all of our projects, no removal of native vegetation, ensuring that not only do the projects reduce our carbon footprint but also maintain Australia's biodiversity.
The projects ensure 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.
Annabelle Porter, Grillz
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.
Jon Parks, Blam
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.
Bradley Thompson, Booze

Devaluation of neighbouring properties

Implementation of large amounts of landscaping so the solar farms cannot be seen from the road or neighbouring properties is something that was implemented through the initial projects 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.
Our History

Solar Farms in Development

If you would like to engage with Leeson Group in relation to this project then please call our team on 1300 887 007 or complete the Community Engagement Form below.
2017
Development Approval Granted
Submitted Planning Application
2018
Grid Connection
Connection application studies being conducted

Community Form

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