En­ergy boom hot topic for round-up

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THE re­new­able en­ergy boom on the Western Downs will be the fo­cus of a two-day con­fer­ence in Dalby next month.

With 10 so­lar projects ap­proved and pend­ing con­struc­tion in the Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil area, the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor is emerg­ing as a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment op­por­tu­nity for Dar­ling Downs oper­a­tors.

The con­fer­ence, run by Toowoomba and Su­rat Basin En­ter­prise, will high­light those op­por­tu­ni­ties and others in the coal, gas, ethanol and wind sec­tors, and in­clude site tours of two ma­jor de­vel­op­ments.

“Com­pa­nies in our re­gion can pro­vide con­struc­tion across a range of ar­eas, and are set to ben­e­fit from the projects,” TSBE ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Shane Charles said.

Western Downs Mayor Paul McVeigh said in the past two years the coun­cil had blazed a trail in the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor.

“We’ve been cre­at­ing in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties that will strengthen our econ­omy and pro­vide em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties within our com­mu­ni­ties,” Cr McVeigh said.

The 2017 Re­new­able En­ergy Roundup will be held in Dalby on Novem­ber 9-10. Cana­dian So­lar se­nior project man­ager Jochen Ras­mussen and APA Group’s Sam Pearce are among speak­ers at the con­fer­ence.

Tick­ets are $195 for TSBE mem­bers, and $245 for non-mem­bers. Book at tsbe.com.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

POW­ER­ING UP: Yel­low So­lar di­rec­tor Matt Buchanan and Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Paul McVeigh (right) dis­cuss re­new­able en­ergy.

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