Australia's first mid-scale solar community garden has cleared its final hurdle toward construction with Narrandera Shire Council approving the development.
Once constructed, the Haystacks Solar Garden will be the first of its kind in Australia, and will be built on Gemma Meier's Grong Grong farm.
"The development application went through council without any objections," Ms Meier said.
"I think the neighbours are happy for it to go ahead given that there were no objections."
The four-hectare sized garden will have the capacity to power 450 homes with an output of 1.5MV.
Kristy Walters from partner company Community Power Agency told The Daily Advertiser the project will work "similar to a community garden".
"If you want the benefits of solar but for whatever reason, you can't put panels on your own roof, you can buy in to use the energy [generated by Haystacks]," she said.
"Anyone in NSW can become an owner."
By early next year, the partner operations are hoping to garner 400 members. Along with an initial membership cost, buying up to 3 kilowats of power from the project will cost about $4000.
With construction due to begin on the Grong Grong project by March next year, it is expected the site will be operation by the end of this financial year.
Meanwhile, Komo Energy is also adapting sites in five other areas in NSW, including in Goulburn.
So far there have been a number of membership buy-ins to the Grong Grong project, with a large amount coming from outside the Riverina.
Particular interest has comes from Sydney's western suburbs, inner west and the northern rivers region.
"I only personally know of a handful of people in the Riverina who have become members, and that's because they've told me they've bought in," Ms Meier said.
Jonathan Prendergast, director of the partner company Komo Energy saidthe project will draw on local enterprises during the construction and maintenance, with expertise already gathered from Corowa and Wagga.
"The beauty of this model is it doesn't take up too much room," he said.
"There can be a small army of these projects that can pop up anywhere."
With construction to begin shortly, Ms Meier is confident hers will be the pilot project to launch series of similar programs across the nation.
"It wasn't essentially my idea, I got the ball rolling on it, but a lot have joined in to help it come about," she said.
"I think there's room in the market for a lot of these projects. I'm hoping a lot of people are watching this space.
"This is a pilot program, but there are others starting up. I'd like to see it become common."