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Solar score for Low Head

Situated at the mouth of the Tamar River, Low Head could soon be Tasmania’s renewable energy capital after George Town Council unanimously approved a 12-hectare solar farm in the area. The solar farm will be built on land adjacent to the George Town airport. The 12.5-megawatt facility, with 16,000 solar panels, would provide power for up to 2,000 homes and is being developed by Epuron Solar. In February, Council also granted Epuron an extension to its Low Head Wind Farm approving 10 new turbines. Epuron Project Manager Shane Bartel told The Examiner that Low Head is an ideal location for renewable because it has plenty of sun and wind. Also proximity to the George Town Sub Station was a big plus, he added: “It provides greater efficiency for generation when located close to the substation.” Meantime Mayor Bridget Archer said the region would embrace being the “renewable energy capital of Tasmania” and was open to more future developments. Epuron is also hoping to develop a larger solar farm at Wesley Vale which could provide power for some 3,000 homes and contain about 40,000 panels. This development is currently being considered by Latrobe Council.

3 May 2018, Edition 194

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