Why at Goorambat?
Goorambat is a prime location for a solar farm. There are many reasons why we chose this location and project site, such as:
- It features a relatively flat and cleared terrain that was previously used for cropping and grazing;
- It is surrounded by agricultural farmland that acts as natural screening to ensure the project will not disrupt the local township;
- It is highly accessible through transport connections to the Midland Highway and Benalla-Tocumwal Road and access points are already established on the site;
- It currently accommodates high voltage electricity powerlines which can be utilized for a seamless connection to the Glenrowan-Shepparton transmission network and to the broader National Energy Market.
Most of the electricity supplied to Victorian households comes from coal ﬁred power stations in the Latrobe Valley. However, due to well publicised environmental, health and safety concerns, there are plans to gradually shut down the operations of these ageing power stations.
To cope with the potential shortfalls in energy capacity associated with these closures, and to ensure energy security for future generations, new forms of modern and cleaner energy sources are urgently needed.
For this reason, both the Victorian and Australian governments have announced initiatives to encourage investment into the development of renewable energy projects. The Federal Government is aiming for 23.5 per cent of Australia’s total energy usage to be from renewable energy, while the State Government is committed to 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025. The Victorian Government is now in the process of increasing its target to 50 per cent by 2030.
When it comes to meeting renewable energy targets, European countries, including Germany and the UK, have been leading by example, showing the world that it is indeed possible to switch to 100 per cent renewable power in a manner that is both viable and realistic. With its sunny plains and windy coastlines, Australia is in the box seat to join these nations in leading the way for clean energy.