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VIC Austraila has approved rezoning of a $174m biomass power plant near Mildura, Victoria, Australia.

VIC Austraila has approved rezoning of a $174m biomass power plant near Mildura, Victoria, Australia.

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Australia approves rezoning of biomass power plant in Mildura

EBR Staff WriterPublished 21 July 2014
Austraila has approved rezoning of a $174m biomass power plant near Mildura, Victoria, Australia.
Victoria Planning Ministry Matthew Guy has rezoned land at Carwarp for the 35MW power station and also approved an 18km electricity transmission line and substation to connect to the existing grid.

Guy said: "Transforming plant waste into a new source of power has numerous benefits for the region and our environment. Residents are likely to see lower power bills, farmers will have a new income stream and the local economy will be bolstered by new industry and jobs.

"With an increasing focus on renewable energy, long-term planning for the region has identified this opportunity to expand on traditional regional industries to drive jobs and economic growth.

"This next stage will confirm the region's reputation as a clean energy centre.

Scheduled to be built next to Olam's existing almond processing plant, the power station will process almond hulls and shells, as well as grape skins from local wineries, into electricity.

The Balfour Beatty Investments power plant, located close to the existing Solar Systems solar power plant at Carwarp, will receive a $3m regional growth fund grant from the Napthine Government and is expected to be operating within three years.

Local Mildura MLA Peter Crisp said: "This project will create 26 full-time jobs, use around 200,000 tonnes of plant waste a year and generate enough electricity to power around 20,000 homes."