The application by Elecseed Pty Ltd will see a photovoltaic solar farm constructed at a vacant 200-hectare site on Kumbarilla Lane, Kumbarilla. Western Downs Regional Council Mayor McVeigh said the project would offer another injection in the local economy, with around 144 jobs expected to be created during construction.
“The Western Downs is open for business and Council is serious about attracting the right industries to stimulate growth in the local economy both now, and into the future,” he said.
“Energy is one of our four economic pillars, contributing to our overall Gross Regional Product (GRP) of $4.7 billion and our strong, diverse economy, and we’re seeing more and more renewable energy projects coming online, which is a huge vote of confidence in our region.”
Mayor Paul McVeigh said the region was pushing ahead of the pack with several renewable energy projects approved and under construction, signalling hundreds of jobs.
“We have the right climate, landscape, connectivity, infrastructure and skilled workforce to support renewable energy projects, and it’s fantastic to see another renewable energy project given the green light,” Cr McVeigh said.
“This is the 23rd solar farm approval granted by Council in the last four years, adding to an influx of renewable projects worth a combined $4 billion to the Western Downs