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Largest solar project to date gets green light from Western Downs Regional Council

4 August 2017

Landmark project delivered for renewable energy with one of the largest solar projects in Australia, and one of the largest in the world announced for the Western Downs region.

  • Council has approved the region’s largest solar project to date, and one of the largest in Australia, with a 1000MW solar farm set for outside of Wandoan;
  • The Wandoan South Solar Project, run by Equis Energy, will be a huge benefit for the region, expected to generate up to 600 jobs across the three stages of development;
  • The project will cover 1,424 hectares of land chosen for its suitability and proximity to existing energy infrastructure; and
  • The project is expected to generate significant economic benefits for the Western Downs region, with an investment of up to $1.5 billion, including a significant percentage as a local spend.

In the most exciting project to date for the Energy Capital of Queensland, Western Downs Regional Council has approved one of the largest solar projects in Australia, and one of the largest in the world.

Located 21km south-west of the Wandoan township, Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the project is further evidence of Council’s commitment to renewable energy in the region.

“We are serious about cementing the Western Downs as the Energy Capital of Australia and securing the enormous economic and community benefits that will bring to our region,” he said.

“Equis has expressed their desire to be proactive in their consultation with neighbours of this project site, and that aligns with the business model we are promoting for renewable energy projects.

“The timeframe in which Council has processed this application highlights the message we are open for business, and I think it is important to reiterate that although our approval process is rigorous, it is efficient.”

The Wandoan South Solar Project marks the biggest of its kind for the region, and is set to deliver huge benefits to the surrounding communities over the duration of its development.

Western Downs Regional Council looks forward to working with Equis Energy on this milestone project.

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