Solar plans ignite debate on use of horticultural land

Standing just metres from the proposed solar site across the road are citrus grower
David Stevens, rural and residental owners Sharon and Andrew Sutherland, Andrew Zrna of Merbein Vine Nursery and wine grape grower Terry Hunyadi. The group is against the location of the proposed solar farm. Picture: Louise Barker

Standing just metres from the proposed solar site across the road are citrus grower David Stevens, rural and residental owners Sharon and Andrew Sutherland, Andrew Zrna of Merbein Vine Nursery and wine grape grower Terry Hunyadi. The group is against the location of the proposed solar farm. Picture: Louise Barker

PROPOSED renewable energy facilities in Birdwoodton, Merbein and Mildura have ignited debate on the implications of solar farms built on horticultural land.

Lower Murray Water (LMW) is expected to consider the issue at its next board meeting following concerns raised by a group of Merbein and Birdwoodton growers and residents.

Grower Terry Hunyadi lives opposite to PowerVault Mildura's proposed Birdwoodton solar farm site and fears there will be less customers in the irrigation district to cover the cost of the irrigation system if it goes ahead.

The Sunraysia Modernisation Project was completed in 2016 to upgrade irrigation networks in the Sunraysia district.

For more of this story, pick up your copy of Saturday's Sunraysia Daily, 12/5/2018.

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