NSW Nationals Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has welcomed the approval of a 720 megawatt solar farm at Uralla.

“The imminent construction of the New England Solar Farm will be the shot in the arm Uralla’s business community needs to get firing, following the downturn caused by drought, bushfire and water contamination,” Mr Marshall said.

“This will be one of the largest solar farms in Australia, with the potential to produce enough energy to power 250,000 homes each year.

“This 2.4 million panel solar farm, which will cover 2000 hectares and include a lithium-ion battery storage facility, will assist with electricity grid stability and provide power during peak periods.”

Up to 500 jobs are expected to be generated during construction with sub-contracting opportunities for local builders, electricians and plumbers as well as fencing maintenance and vegetation control.

“How exciting to think in the near future Uralla’s accommodation providers will be packed with tradies who are buying meals at local pubs and supporting the supermarket and cafes,” Mr Marshall said.

“I think it’s fair to say not since the gold rush in the 1800’s has Uralla seen an industry develop with the potential to bring new people to town and grow the community and economy to this extent for the future.”