FRV has lodged a Development Application for a Material Change of Use (MCU) and Reconfiguration of a Lot for Tieri Solar Farm

FRV has lodged a Development Application for a Material Change of Use (MCU) and Reconfiguration of a Lot (ROL) with the Central Highlands Regional Council for construction of a solar farm on 242Ha of land, known as Tieri Solar Farm.

If approved, the Tieri Solar Farm will be built on a site currently used for cattle grazing. The site is adjacent to the approved Lilyvale Solar Farm project located off Oakey Creek Road, near Tieri in Central Queensland. Construction of the Lilyvale Solar Farm is excepted to start in the second half of 2017.

Extensive work has gone into planning of the Tieri project, including careful site selection, to ensure it does not adverserly affect the local natural environment or existing land uses. Importantly, the project will provide an economic boost to the local economy through its construction and the provision of employment in a new, sustainable industry.

Further details relating to the project's design, construction and operation can be accessed in our 'Development Application' here.

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FRV announces Power Purchase Agreement with QLD's Ergon Energy

FRV has announced it has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Ergon Energy, the Queensland Government-owned electricity retailer, for 100% of the output from its proposed 100MW Lilyvale Solar Farm project.

FRV's Managing Director, Cameron Garnsworthy, said he was pleased to be working with Ergon on this significant project.

"Using proven, efficient, single axis tracking solar PV technology, Lilyvale Solar Farm will provide Ergon Energy with a significant new source of clean energy for its customers," he said.

The proposed Lilyvale solar farm received development approval in September 2015 and is expected to move into construction by the third quarter of 2017. Construction is likely to take 12-14 months.

FRV estimates up to 200 workers will be needed to complete Lilyvale Solar Farm's construction. Up to five ongoing roles will be created once the project is operational.


Central Highlands Regional Council approves Lilyvale Solar Farm development application

On 9 September 2015, the Central Highlands Regional Council approved the Lilyvale Solar Farm development application.

The Council has issued its Decision Notice approving the “Material Change of Use” development approval, along with appropriate conditions.

This important decision allows FRV to continue with the development of the project, including obtaining a grid connection agreement and securing an contract for the sale of the electricity. Once all of these things are in place a final investment decision can be made.

FRV is looking forward to working closely with the local community as the development of the project continues.


FRV lodges planning application for Lilyvale Solar Farm and gets Australian Government Department of the Environment environmental clearance under EPBC Act.

On 5th January 2015, FRV received a determination from the Australian Department of the Environment that the proposed Lilyvale Solar Farm project is not a controlled action and does not require further assessment under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EBPC Act). FRV lodged its EPBC referral around the same time as lodging the “Material Change of Use” (MCU) planning application for the project. The MCU application was lodged on 8th December 2014 with the Central Highlands Regional Council. It is anticipated that the outcome of the planning application will be known towards the middle of 2015.


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