December 18 (Renewables Now) - Australian solar developer ESCO Pacific is proposing to build a 140-MW solar park in New South Wales, the Border Mail reported this weekend.
The project, calling for an investment of AUD 130 million (USD 99.5m/EUR 84.6m), envisages the installation of 400,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels on farmland near the town of Mulwala, Riverina district. According to the report, ESCO Pacific has filed a scoping report for the scheme with the Federation Council government of Riverina. If approved, a planning application will be submitted to the New South Wales’ Department of Planning and Environment.
The so-called Mulwala project is expected to open up to 130 jobs during the construction stage, planned to last nine months.
ESCO Pacific has two PV projects in New South Wales -- the Sandigo Solar Farm and the Finley Solar Farm. Most of its other projects are located in the state of Queensland.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.765/EUR 0.651)