Jul 21, 2016

Thumbs up for Dalby solar farm

Thumbs up for Dalby solar farm

Western Downs Regional Council has approved plans by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) to build a large-scale solar farm east of Dalby.

The council said the project was expected to create 90 construction jobs and bring a positive economic boost to the region.

The 30MW solar farm will be located at the intersection of Blaxland–South Rd and the Warrego Highway and is set to cover 82ha.

Council spokesman for planning and environment Cr Andrew Smith said solar development was moving full-steam ahead, which was evident in the number of renewable energy projects being proposed across the region.

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Council spokesman for planning and environment Cr Andrew Smith.

“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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