Job boost created in region
MORE than 500 jobs have been created after the Western Downs Regional Council approved two more solar farms in the region this week.
Ewerleigh Solar Park and Edenvale Solar Park, which are located on Kogan Condamine Road, will produce about 550 jobs throughout their construction phases which are due to begin in 2020 to be operational by February 2021.
Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the new solar farms would help boost the region.
“Council is committed to expanding the energy sector of the Western Downs and clearly demonstrating that we are open for business,” he said.
“With $4 billion invested into solar farms in the last three years, we’ve established our place as leaders in the renewable energy sector in this state.”
Cr McVeigh said it was a priority to strengthen economic growth in the region.
“One of our biggest priorities is to develop our communities and creating over 500 jobs through these solar farms is a good step towards this,” he said.
These two projects bring the total number of approved solar farms to 17 since December 2015 as the Western Downs continues to cement its place as the centre for renewable energy industries in Queensland.