Western Downs Regional Council approves tenth solar project

The Western Downs Regional Council has approved the development application of a tenth solar project, the Western Downs Solar Project, located 23km south east of Chinchilla.

Situated near the existing Kogan Creek Power Station, the 250MW (with potential battery storage of up to 50MW) project is a joint venture between Yellow Solar and Tilt Renewables. 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 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.”

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