The Forbes Shire Council has approved the largest solar demonstration model of its type in Australia.
Vast Solar will conduct the first Australian trial of CST technology which allows solar energy to be retained and turned into electricity at a later date.
It will now start assembling 3,500 heliostats, or small mirrors and mechanical drives, which will be installed on Jemalong Station, across five solar fields along with five 27 metre high towers.
The Mayor of Forbes, Ron Penny, says concerns were raised about possible glare from the mirrors but their angle and nearby trees will prevent potential driving dangers.
"In the way in which it's angled and the structure that goes around it to prevent glare coming back on those areas, for example, the roadway driving through, the correct scientific approach is being taken to help prevent that," he said.
There is hope the demonstration solar power plant will kickstart new industries in the shire.
The company hopes to have the plant operating by March next year, creating 15 jobs.
Councillor Penny says solar could be a new industry for the region.
"To get diversification, so that we can try and keep as many young people with good employment opportunities within our community," he said.
Vast Solar plans to do testing at the site over the next two years.
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