Why at Raywood?
Located in Northern Victoria, Raywood is a prime location deemed highly suitable for a solar farm. There are many reasons why we choose this project site, including:
- It is positioned to have excellent exposure to Northern Victoria’s solar resources;
- It features a relatively flat terrain that has largely been cleared for wheat and canola cropping and sheep grazing, meaning potential impacts of the development are low;
- The immediate surrounding site comprises of agricultural farmland, which provides natural screening to ensure the project will not cause disruption or visual impacts to nearby townships and residents;
- It is highly accessible through transport connections to the Loddon Valley Highway and Bendigo-Pyramid Road, and access points are already established on the site;
- The site currently accommodates a high voltage electricity powerline, allowing a seamless connection to the National Electricity Market (NEM).
Most of the electricity supplied to Victorian households comes from coal ﬁred power stations in the Latrobe Valley. However, due to well publicised environmental, health and safety concerns, there are plans to gradually shut down the operations of these ageing power stations.
To cope with the potential shortfalls in energy capacity associated with these closures, and to ensure energy security for future generations, new forms of modern and cleaner energy sources are urgently needed.
For this reason, both the Victorian and Australian governments have announced initiatives to encourage investment into the development of renewable energy projects. The Federal Government is aiming for 23.5 per cent of Australia’s total energy usage to be from renewable energy, while the State Government is committed to 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025. The Victorian Government is now in the process of increasing its target to 50 per cent by 2030.
When it comes to meeting renewable energy targets, European countries, including Germany and the UK, have been leading by example, showing the world that it is indeed possible to switch to 100 per cent renewable power in a manner that is both viable and realistic. With its sunny plains and windy coastlines, Australia is in the box seat to join these nations in leading the way for clean energy.