Powerlink has started building the transmission line that will connect APA Group’s $220 million Darling Downs Solar Farm to the state’s electricity network later this year.
The 110MW farm, west of Dalby, will have about 400,000 solar panels installed over 250ha, generating enough renewable energy to power up to 32,000 homes.
Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said APA’s project was part of a $3.6 billion pipeline of committed renewable energy projects, which together would create almost 3000 jobs in regional Queensland.
The Darling Downs solar farm is expected to create 200 construction jobs, with an additional seven jobs supported as part of Powerlink’s grid connection works.
Powerlink chief executive Merryn York said Powerlink’s grid connection work involved constructing 350m of new transmission line on three new transmission poles.
“We are working closely with APA to complete our construction works in March, with a view to energising the new transmission line in the second quarter of 2018,” she said.