Coun­cil ap­proves so­lar farm num­ber eight

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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.

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