Mintaro farmers raise solar farm worries

NEIGHBOURING farmers to the proposed site of a solar farm near Mintaro have a long list of concerns surrounding the development but the owner of the land in question feels similar ventures will be commonplace in coming years.

Renewable energy firm, FRV Australia, is the proponent behind the Chaff Mill Solar Farm,  a proposed 100MW solar farm and 50 MW battery located 3.5km north-east of Mintaro on land farmed by local man, Graham Johnson.

Several adjoining land owners have raised concerns since behind contacted by FRV Australia, citing potential increases to frost risk, increased local traffic, fire hazard and general aesthetic issues amongst a raft of questions.

Debbie Baum, one of those with adjacent land to the proposed site, has already quizzed the company.

“I’m not against renewable energy, it definitely has a place now and in the future,” Mrs Baum said.

“I’m just not convinced this has been planned in the right place.

“From what I’ve read on solar farms, the three main parameters are it needs to be mostly cleared, flat land close to the electrical grid for connection, so I think they’ve only ticked one of those three boxes.

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