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Mokoan Solar Farm

56 MW Solar Project

About Mokoan Solar Farm

Located on Lee Road and Nelson Road, Winton, in the Hume Region of Victoria, Mokoan Solar farm is European Energy’s first project to enter construction in Australia.

The project received Development Approval from Benalla Rural City Council in December 2018, with a subsequent expansion gaining approval from the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in June 2020. Spanning 94 hectares, the land for the project has primarily been utilised for grazing purposes.

EE acquired the project from Lightsource bp in December 2022, and Final Investment Decision was achieved in late 2023. EE’s in-house EPC team is steering this project through the construction phase.

56 MW

installed capacity

113 GWh / year

annual production capacity

94 hectares

of land

15,000+ Homes

powered each year

85,000+

metric tonnes of carbon emissions saved

2025

expected grid connection

“We are thrilled to commence construction on our first solar project in Australia. We see this as the beginning of many projects by European Energy in the country. We are eager to apply our expertise in renewable energy to advance Australia’s renewable energy sector.”
Catriona McLeod, Country Manager Australia, European Energy

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Project Site

FAQ

The project will include a new native vegetation screen along boundaries to help filter views of the proposed solar installation. Screen planting is required to be implemented to the satisfactory standard of the Council prior to the solar installation use commencing.

The solar installation has been designed to minimise any potential for glare to surrounding areas. The solar panels are provided with a non-reflective coating to increase efficiency and do not create any adverse glare impacts. To further reduce the potential for glare, the site will be adequately screened by border vegetation.

The proposed solar installation will not be visible from nearby Benalla or Glenrowan and will therefore have very little impact on amenity or liveability standards.

A Renewable Energy Facility such as a solar installation is an allowable use under the provisions of the Farming Zone provided a planning permit has been granted by the Responsible Authority. Sheep will still be able to graze the land whilst the solar installations are in place. This provides a balance between delivering renewable sources, and still allowing for some agricultural use of the land. The Hume Regional Growth Plan 2014 does not identify the site as “Strategic Agricultural Land”. This plan specifically provides support for renewable energy as a positive opportunity to diversify the economy and opportunities within the region.

The solar installation will be required to develop a Fire Management Plan as part of the planning application process, which will be referred to the Country Fire Authority for review. The solar panels have been designed using the most recent solar technologies. There has been no international evidence to indicate solar installations increase risk of bushfires.

Contact

Get in touch:

For any complaints, questions and queries on the project, reach out to our team on 1300 261 667 or infoaus@europeanenergy.com.

You can also get in contact with our Project Manager, Corey Kinnear.

Corey Kinnear

Project Manager