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Solar farm number ten secured for Western Downs

21 September 2017

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh discusses the future of solar on the Western Downs with Director of Yellow Solar Matt Buchanan at Council’s Marble Street premises in Dalby.

Continuing the momentum in the Energy Capital of Australia, Western Downs Regional Council has approved the development application of a tenth solar project, ensuring clean energy is a regional focus.

  • Council this week approved the development application of Western Downs Solar Project, located 23km south east of Chinchilla;
  • Located near the existing Kogan Creek Power Station, the 250MW (with potential battery storage of up to 50MW) project is the tenth approved by Council and is a joint project between Yellow Solar and Tilt Renewables; and
  • The project is expected to generate 300 full time jobs during the construction phase and between two and four full time jobs during the operational phase;

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh and Director of Yellow Solar Matt Buchanan cut a cake to celebrate the approval of the tenth solar project for the Western Downs.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the project marked a milestone for the region, with ten solar farms now approved by Council.

“This project will not only generate jobs and economic vitality, it most importantly shows we are leading the way in renewable energy as a pillar of our economy,” he said.

“The Western Downs has cemented its name as the Energy Capital of Australia, and this is demonstrated by the calibre of investors we are attracting to our region.

“Solar energy is a great example of adding diversity to our strong economy, which complements the pillars of agriculture, intensive agriculture, manufacturing and energy.”

Director of Yellow Solar, Matt Buchanan, said the Western Downs was an ideal location for the development.

“We chose the Western Downs because of its excellent infrastructure and the efficient working environment,” he said.

“Solar provides a diversity of employment and adds a new range of projects to diversify the already strong Surat Basin energy hub.”

General Manager Tilt Renewables Pty Ltd Renewable Development Clayton Delmarter said he was pleased to receive the approval for the Western Downs Solar Farm.

“We are delighted to secure our first planning approval for a solar project in Queensland,” Mr Delmarter said.

“This approval will provide us with a solid foundation for our plans to expand our development activity into Queensland and the solar sector,” he said.

Council this week held a cake-cutting event to celebrate the tenth solar project being approved for the region.

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Media Contact:
Cr Paul McVeigh | Mayor, Western Downs Regional Council | 0408 700 392