About 50 jobs would be created for the construction of a community-owned solar park planned for farmland just outside Orange on the Mitchell Highway.
The development application for the project is on public display at Orange City Council until March 6.
The Orange Community Renewable Energy Park involves the construction of 16,000 solar modules on 22 hectares of a 72-hectare site about six kilometres north-west of the centre of Orange.
It will cost $9.848 million to construct including consultant fees.
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The DA said jobs for labourers, electricians and project managers would be created.
"Some of this employment is to be sourced locally," a report in the DA said.
"The solar modules, consisting of photovoltaic (PV) panels are proposed to be arranged in 95 rows measuring either 90 metres or 60 metres in length and will be two metres wide. Each row will be spaced six metres apart."
Each row will be attached to motorised trackers on posts that will rotate to follow the sun during each day.
The farm will generate up to 12.7 gigawatt hours of power annually.
The site would be unmanned during operation.
Canberra-based renewable energy company IT Power (Australia) Limited is behind the proposal.
Community solar panel organisers Energy Democracy and the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Orange group are also involved.
Last April a statement from Energy Democracy said the project would be owned by up to 2000 members of a local co-operative.
It said members would be able to draw on power from the battery at the site which could lead to a drop in their electricity bills.
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