15th solar facility approved
WESTERN Downs Regional Council has given the go-ahead for the construction of a 15th solar farm.
The proposal for a 148megawatt solar facility at Cameby, 12km west of Chinchilla, on the Warrego Highway was approved this month.
The 463.13ha site is currently used for grazing but it is not high-quality agricultural land.
Mayor Paul McVeigh said the approval continued the council's push for a diverse energy industry.
"The Western Downs is committed to growing our energy sector,” he said.
"This is the second solar farm which has been approved in as many months, showing our continued commitment to renewable energy.”
The applicants for the Cameby solar farm have completed informal community engagement with the landowners and residents of neighbouring properties.
The announcement follows the approval for a solar farm to be built at Columboola, between Miles and Chinchilla. The 100MW solar farm will be located on the Warrego Highway near Kerwicks Rd.
The projects are expected to create jobs in in the Chinchilla and Miles districts leading to the generation of economic development in the region.