The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has provided insights into relevant considerations for proposed solar farms in three recent decisions, in which three of the five projects considered were refused. Read more
Wind energy facility proponents should take note of recent developments in the regulation of noise impacts from wind energy facilities in Victoria, which signal increased scrutiny of noise impacts from operations. Read more
The Victorian government has today released the new Solar Energy Facilities – Design and Development Guideline (Guidelines), reflecting the similar policy approach to wind energy facilities. A planning scheme amendment is now expected to occur imminently to introduce the Guidelines to the Victoria Planning Provisions which will require all applicants for a solar energy facility to, as relevant, consider and follow the Guidelines prior to, and when, making a planning permit application. Read more
Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Maryrorough Solar – owners of the Brigalow Solar Farm near Pittsworth in southern Queensland – in regards to its successful challenge of the validity of section 73A of the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 (Qld) (introduced by the Electrical Safety (Solar Farms) Amendment Regulation 2019 (Qld)).