Solar power plan set back

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser

Plans for a solar energy farm near the Albany Regional Airport have been deferred after the City of Albany council voted unanimously at the Tuesday night meeting.

Councillors were set to vote on lease proposal by Blue Planet Developments for proposed solar generation at Lot 8075 Albany Highway, past the Albany Airport, as revealed by the Albany Advertiser last Thursday.

Councillor Greg Stocks moved the motion to defer. He said an open and transparent process was needed to allow other potential solar energy proponents to be involved.

“It’s a wonderful proposal ... it needs to be opened up to anyone with interest,” he said. “We need the best value for ratepayers.”

Blue Planet Developments recently secured a similar lease for a solar farm in the Shire of Kulin.

The lease was approved in principle by the Shire council in May and will facilitate a PV solar farm, which will generate 4MW-5MW on about 254ha of land.

Chief executive Andrew Sharpe told the Albany Advertiser last week securing a long-term lease arrangement would be a major challenge in confirming solar-energy proponents.

Mr Sharpe also confirmed interest from several parties for locations which included the airport.

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