Friday, February 23, 2024

$1.5m for Cabonne solar battery plant

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, has announced more than $1.5 million for Cabonne Shire Council to plan, build and install a mid-scale solar and battery plant at Eugowra.

Mr Farraway said the funding would ensure council could meet its 50% renewable energy target by 2030.

“The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government is committing to improving daily life for all through strategic infrastructure investments,” the Minister said.

“Thanks to this grant, the Cabonne Shire Council can now construct and run a mid-sized solar and battery facility in Eugowra, bringing down energy expenses for council-owned buildings.”

Cabonne Shire Council Mayor, Kevin Beatty said the renewable energy project plans to create and develop regional jobs, stabilise the energy distribution network, and provide Cabonne Council, and all Central NSW Joint Organisation Councils, additional power to meet their 50% renewable energy target by 2030 or earlier.

“The project will fund electricity costs across all of Council’s 85 sites, which will result in lower hiring fees for community and sporting group accessing these facilities, and help to position the region as a leader in sustainability,” Mayor Beatty said.

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