Baranduda might soon be home to a 101-hectare solar farm, set to generate enough electricity to power 12,000 homes.
APR Australian Solar is hosting a public drop-in session at the Baranduda Community Hall on Wednesday ahead of lodging a development application with Wodonga Council.
Director George Hughes said they hope to begin construction of the $100 million project in 2019, and have it operational within nine months.
He said the project would cut carbon emissions by 15,000 tonnes and create more than 100 construction jobs.
“These would be solar installers, electricians, contractors etc, and we’re looking to keep as many local as possible,” he said.
“There’ll also be a number of temporary jobs after construction in security, testing and inspecting.”
Mr Hughes said the company worked with AusNet to identify a region in need of power, which is how the project ended up at Baranduda.
He said once a need was identified they found a nearby substation and located suitable grazing field to hold the 30-year operation.
“We felt it was far enough away from local houses whilst also being outside any areas zoned industrial or housing by council,” he said.
“The field will continue to be grazed once panels are up, we’re not looking to change the land use.
“We wanted to hold consultation early to gauge local opinion and support for the project then take the comments and thoughts and include those in our planning application or adjust it accordingly.”
Mr Hughes said residents could have their say at the session from 4.30pm to 6.30pm or email info@ARPAustralianSolar.com.au.