Sun to shine on ninth solar farm in the Downs
THE Western Downs has continued its drive to become the energy capital of Australia, after the council approved the areas ninth solar farm.
The 240MW APA Group Beelbee Solar Farm Project, located 42km west of Dalby on Beelbee Rd, will complement the Darling Downs Solar Farm currently under construction in Kogan.
It's expected this new farm will produce between 150MW and 240MW of power into the national electricity grid and has the potential for battery storage of up to 100MW.
Western Downs Regional Council Deputy Mayor Andrew Smith said the Beelbee Solar Farm project marks the third renewable energy development approved by Council in less than two months.
"What a month it's been, and I'm told there's even more development applications in the pipeline,” Cr Smith said.
"We're pleased to once again be working with APA Group to bring their second solar farm to the Western Downs.
"Complementing their Darling Downs Solar Farm, their commitment to bring another renewable energy project to our region highlights the Western Downs' economic strength and impressive portfolio on the solar energy scene.
The project is expected to employ up to 450 workers during peak construction, and support up to six full time operational staff.