Protecting prime agricultural land and preventing Wagga from becoming landlocked have emerged as major concerns after yet another energy player signalled its intention to invest in the region.
Risen Energy (Australia) has expressed interest in buying up parcels of land of between 80 to 250 hectares in the Wagga area.
The campaign comes less than a week after work commenced at a $180 million solar power plant at Bomen.
Eunony Valley Association president Bill Schulz highlighted concerns with the roll-out of large-scale solar projects, including the potential devaluation of properties and the loss of fertile land.
"Solar developers want to be close to main power lines and substations, which are nearest to densely populated and better farming country," he said.
"TransGrid identified the power line infrastructure is at its capacity relative to the Australian population and so solar companies are paying ridiculous over-the-odds [sums] to get near substations.
"We strongly believe that developers should be investing in further infrastructure ... rather than sucking off historical infrastructure."
Mr Schulz said he was disappointed that protecting agricultural land appeared not to be a priority.
"[Europe protects] the farming land and sees it as the most important use; for us to blatantly [give up] the most productive and reliable land is an insult and disgrace from a planning point of view," he said.
Mr Schulz claimed one solar power station is already generating "enormous" glare issues, despite its early construction stage.
"Where these are being built is having a direct impact on adjoining transfers, like heat and visual impact which is therefore driving the value of nearby properties down.
"These developments should be occurring in lower productivity land ... there needs to be better planning guidelines."
Wagga City Council regional activation director Michael Keys said a number of provisions are in place and he hoped a coexistence between large-scale solar and agricultural farms could be achieved.
"We're certainly open to new industries, particularly sustainable industries, and we recognise the value and importance of high quality agricultural land available for future use," he said.
"We're hoping to find that balance between new opportunities and existing industries.
"We've got growth management strategies in place and we're developing [a land management strategy] to identify objectives right across the local government area to ensure land capacity for future urban population and ensuring future areas of growth for the city will be protected."
Risen Energy said its planned 100 megawatt solar power plant would create up to 250 jobs during construction, but only three to five positions would be ongoing.
The company's renewable development manager, Matt van der Merwe, said Wagga, Junee and west of Temora have been targeted due to the electricity network, nearby substations, more direct sunlight and larger and flatter land.
"We are all aware that global warming is being attributed for the droughts in Wagga and we know that it's a result of carbon emissions," he said.
"The main angle for solar farms is to generate clean electricity that doesn't rely on the burning of fossil fuels.
"Ultimately, the global movement is ready to move towards cleaner and sustainable production and electricity and that is where solar farms come in.
"There are reasons why specific locations are selected for solar farms and it's not necessarily, as you may have alluded to, the exploitation of property owners or farmers being in hard times now and the developers come in and swoop in on that [is] definitely not the case."
Mr Keys declined to comment on farmers' concerns about solar farms exploiting drought conditions and said the loss of jobs is a commercial reality.
"One of the opportunities for these sustainable industries is to support or encourage others ... to generate employment and future investment," he said.