'Fictitious' nuclear power argument delays solar farm consent for 18 months

'Fictitious' nuclear power argument delays solar farm consent for 18 months
Allan Crafar in 2010. (Image: NZME)
Ian Llewellyn
A consent for a solar farm was delayed for almost 18 months after farmer Allan Crafar argued it would be better to build a nuclear power plant, and other matters the court described as fictitious.In 2022, Todd Generation gained a consent from the Taupō district council to build a 400-megawatt solar farm on a 1,022ha dairy farm near Rangitaiki and connect it to the national electricity grid.Crafar is part of a farming family who have been in the news many times down the years over accusations of poor farming practices, and the eventual rece...

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