Location: Cnr Captains Gully Rd and Clarke Lane, Newstead
Distance from Newstead: 2km west
Nearest other towns: Maryborough, Daylesford, Castlemaine
Total site size: 6.2 ha.
Area occupied by panels: TBC
Capacity: 3MW with 5MWh battery. The project will generate enough renewable energy for 1300-1600homes, about three times Newstead’s current requirements.
No of panels: . Rows of panels will be 80-100m long. Panels will be 1m x 2.5m.
Inter-row spacing: 6m
Height above ground level: At maximum tilt, the panels will extend to 2.8m above ground.
Land lease period: 25 years
Setback distances: 10m from Captains Gully Rd. A 10m wide fire break around the perimeter of the farm.
Connection: New 500m 22 kV line to connect into 22kV powerline linking Castlemaine and Maryborough.
Estimated Construction Timeline
Work begins: September 2022
Construction time: 9 months
Construction workforce: 60-80
Ongoing workforce: 2 (operations and maintenance)