Victorian solar project of 200 MW faces permitting block

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August 19 (Renewables Now) - The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has refused to issue a planning permit for a 200-MW solar project that was previously rejected by the local council.

The so-called Bookaar Solar Farm is a joint project of Infinergy Pacific and the proposed site’s landowners and calls for the installation of 700,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels north of Camperdown in South West Victoria.

VCAT’s denial to overturn the earlier rejection was announced by the Corangamite Shire Council on Friday. Its decision was based on concerns related to the lack of information around drainage and bushfire management in the project application by Bookaar Renewables Pty Ltd. Similar concerns were the Council’s reason for turning down the project in September 2018.

In its report, VCAT has stressed on the strong state planning policy support for renewables in Victoria and the developer’s option to submit a new proposal addressing all concerns in its findings.

According to the project’s website, the solar farm was planned to enter construction in late 2019 and generate power for up to 80,000 average homes, once completed.

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