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Up to 800 possible jobs for solar farm which has been given green light

Up to 800 possible jobs for solar farm which has been given green light

POWER FROM THE SUN: An example of a large-scale solar farm.

The Delga Solar Farm will be the project of Shell Australia, subsidiary of multi-national oil giant Royal Dutch Shell.

THE Western Downs is keeping up its want to be Australia’s “energy capital” as it has approved the development application for the eighth solar farm project in the region yesterday morning.

The 250MW Delga Solar Farm will be built 25km south-west of Wandoan. This continues the prominence of Wandoan in the region, adding to the largest solar farm in Australia to be built in the area, as well as the approval for a new coal mine.

The Delga Solar Farm will be the project of Shell Australia, subsidiary of multi-national oil giant Royal Dutch Shell.

The solar farm will cover roughly 400 hectares of land and once completed, the solar farm will be able to connect to the nearby Powerlink Wandoan South substation, allowing the energy generated to connect into the national energy grid.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said Shell Australia’s solar farm project was further cementing the Western Downs as a leader in renewable energy production in Australia and internationally.

“We’ve fully embraced the future of renewables and energy production in our region, and we welcome the arrival of Shell Australia on to the solar energy scene in the Western Downs,” Cr McVeigh said.

“This interest from a leading multi-national energy company to invest in renewable energy in our region is a great boost to the Western Downs’ already impressive energy portfolio.”

Cr McVeigh believes the eighth solar farm to be built in the Western Downs region will add value to the resources already available in the community.

“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.

“This project marks the eighth solar farm approved by council, demonstrating our goal to become the Energy Capital of Australia.”

The number of jobs that will be created is estimated to be between 500-800 jobs but the Mayor said the opportunities for the region would be plentiful.

Council will now wait for the financial approval from Shell Australia.

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