Western Downs Regional Council has approved the region’s largest solar project to date with a 1000MW solar farm set for outside of Wandoan. It will be one of the largest solar farms in Australia.

The Wandoan South Solar Project, run by Equis Energy, will be a huge benefit for the region, expected to generate up to 600 jobs across the three stages of development. Further economic benefits are expected to be generated through an investment of up to $1.5 billion, including a significant percentage as a local spend.

Located 21 kilometers south-west of the Wandoan township, Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the project is further evidence of Council’s commitment to renewable energy in the region.

“We are serious about cementing the Western Downs as the Energy Capital of Australia and securing the enormous economic and community benefits that will bring to our region,” he said.

“Equis has expressed their desire to be proactive in their consultation with neighbours of this project site, and that aligns with the business model we are promoting for renewable energy projects.”

The project will cover 1424 hectares of land chosen for suitability and proximity to existing energy infrastructure.

“The timeframe in which Council has processed this application highlights the message we are open for business, and I think it is important to reiterate that although our approval process is rigorous, it is efficient,” said McVeigh.

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