Lightsource bp to hold community consultation event for new Winton, VIC solar farm proposal

Lightsource BP and the company’s appointed planning consultancy Urbis are hosting a community information event in Winton, Victoria, on Wednesday 13th June 2018 to outline their proposal to fund, develop and operate a 15MW solar installation on 28 hectares of land at 116 Lee Road. Urbis is working with Lightsource BP to progress the Planning Application to Council and are also leading stakeholder and community discussions, prior to lodgement of the Application. Lightsource BP and Urbis are inviting residents and interested stakeholders from the surrounding area to attend the community information event.

The community information event will be held at Winton Raceway located at 41 Fox Street, Winton. Residents are invited to drop in at any time between 4pm – 7pm to discuss the planning proposal with members of the Lightsource BP and Urbis team.

The proposed solar farm would generate clean and renewable energy that would power 2,330 local homes, saving 21,582 tonnes of carbon emissions every year, the equivalent of taking 4,621 cars off the roads.

As well as generating clean energy, Lightsource BP solar installations are designed so that they allow for maximum use of the land for agricultural purposes during operation. The project team will be working with local interest groups to ensure that environmental values of the land are recognised and where possible, enhanced. Lightsource BP is also eager to hear from wildlife enthusiasts or local schools who may be interested in playing a role in the ongoing monitoring of wildlife on the site.

Penny Laurenson, Head of Planning at Lightsource BP said:
We want to ensure that local communities in Winton, Benalla and surrounds are informed of our plans to develop the project, and so, we look forward to meeting elected representatives, local businesses and residents at the community information event. In addition to gaining feedback from local communities, we also want to provide a forum to give residents the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about the project or solar energy in general.”

Residents can obtain further information on the project, at any time, by getting in touch with the Lightsource BP and Urbis project team via