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Western Downs welcomes third wave of energy development

21 July 2016

At yesterday’s Ordinary Meeting, Western Downs Regional Council announced approval for a development application that will see the construction of a large scale solar farm which will create 90 construction jobs in the Western Downs and bring a positive economic boost to the region.

  • Demonstrating its appetite for green, clean, renewable energy projects that bring economic benefit to the region, Council approved the development to design, build and operate the 30 megawatt (MW) solar farm;
  • The farm will be built to the east of Dalby at the intersection of Blaxland–South Road and the Warrego Highway and is set to cover 82 hectares;
  • Expected to take up to 12 months to construct, the 30 MW solar powerhouse has the capacity to power approximately 22,000 homes;
  • The project will create an estimated 90 jobs during the construction phase.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Planning and Environment Councillor Andrew Smith said solar development is moving full-steam ahead which is evident by the number of renewable energy projects being proposed across the region.

“Council was thinking globally and acting locally when handing down the decision to approve this major solar farm development,” he said.

“We are committed to providing a stable and regulatory environment to encourage private sector investment and support opportunities for the industry in suitable locations.

“The Western Downs is well placed to house these types of developments. We’ve got access to energy and electricity networks on broad-acre lands that get a lot of sun, and recognise there is a wider public benefit in this type of development providing a low cost, reliable and safe alternative energy source to the wider electricity grid.

“We could see the potential in this project, especially with the creation of up to 90 local jobs during construction and it positions our region to drive, lead and contribute to the global renewable energy transition.

“The third wave of energy development is here and this project is a big investment into the Western Downs’ largely untapped potential for this alternate energy resource.”

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