Mobilong solar farm construction to begin, says Terregra Renewables

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Construction of a solar farm just north of Murray Bridge is about to begin.

Terregra Renewables plans to start building a five-megawatt, $8.5-million solar farm on Mannum Road, just over a kilometre past the Palmer Road turnoff, next month.

Company director Graham Pearson said about 40 workers would be employed to install about 16,100 solar panels and two inverters.

"Now that we're moving into the construction phase, our focus turns to engaging local businesses and employing tradespeople from the surrounding region wherever possible," he said.

He said he had been overwhelmed by the support Terregra had received from the Murray Bridge council.

The original plans for the site, lodged in August, were amended in response to feedback from nearby landowners, but the scale of the project remains the same.

The project is scheduled for completion in April.

Terregra Renewables is owned by Indonesian company PT Terregra Asia Energy TBK, which plans to construct more than 500MW of solar generation in that country during the next five years.

Locally, however, the so-called Mobilong solar farm will be dwarfed by projects proposed by RES at Pallamana and being built by Vena Energy at Tailem Bend, each of which will produce more than 30 times as much power.