Council approves solar farm number eight
THE Western Downs is keeping up with becoming Australia’s “energy capital” with the approval of a development application for yet another solar farm this week.
The 250MW Delga Solar Farm will be built 25km south-west of Wandoan and is the eighth solar farm approved for the region.
The solar farm will be the project of Shell Australia, subsidiary of multi-national oil giant Royal Dutch Shell and is tipped to create between 500-800 jobs in the region.
Council is waiting for financial approval from Shell Australia.
“Shell can confirm it is investigating the feasibility of a solar energy project on its land in the Western Downs region, as part of a plan to deliver energy solutions to meet customer demand,” a spokesperson for Shell said.
“The project is subject to financial approval by Shell and involves ongoing community consultation,” the spokesperson said.
The solar farm will cover roughly 400 hectares and once completed, will be able to connect to the nearby Powerlink Wandoan South substation, allowing the energy generated to connect into the national energy grid.
Cr McVeigh believes the eighth solar farm to be built in the Western Downs region will add value to community resources.
“The Shell Australia solar farm project will bring many benefits to our communities and has the potential to value-add to our existing resource industries and experienced network of supply chain businesses in the region,” Cr McVeigh said.