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Solar farm project delivers major boost to local business and industry

Local businesses are being called to become involved in Warwick Solar Farm with the $125M project set to deliver a major boost to the economy with more than 100 jobs.  

Warwick Solar Farm lead contractor, Lendlease and Southern Downs Regional Council will host a free information session for Southern Downs businesses to discuss how the region’s subcontractors and suppliers can become involved in the construction phase of the project.

Lendlease staff will be on hand at the free, drop-in session to answer questions and share information with subcontractors and suppliers.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said Warwick Solar Farm is a significant project which will generate jobs and diversify the region’s economy.

“The Warwick Solar Farm will generate more than 100 jobs for the Southern Downs and I encourage all local businesses to take the opportunity to become involved,” Cr Dobie said.

“This is a huge $125M project that will take a year to complete, bringing a major boost to the economy during the construction phase which is a huge benefit for the Southern Downs.

“Council wants as many local businesses and contractors as possible to be involved in the project.

“The Lendlease Contractors session is the first practical step for businesses to understand how it can benefit them and support local industry and our economy.”

The construction of the 154 hectare solar farm will require skills across a range of industries and trades including, among others, concrete work, fencing, site security, plant and equipment hire and craneage.

The detailed design and construction phase of the Warwick Solar Farm is due to commence in early 2019 with the solar farm expected to be complete and generating energy by early 2020.

The University of Queensland took ownership of the Warwick Solar Farm in November after key project milestones were met by renewable developer Terrain Solar.

Following construction the site is expected to support around six operation and maintenance positions for the 25-year- life of the solar farm. UQ will recruit a facility manager to be based at the site full-time.

The wider local economy is also expected to benefit from frequent visits to the site by members of the UQ community and other stakeholders.

“This project marks the region as a destination for clean and renewable energy and says the Southern Downs is open for investment,” Cr Dobie said.

The Lendlease Contractors Session will be held on Tuesday, 11 December from 4pm until 6pm at Warwick Town Hall.  For more information contact Council’s Economic Development and Tourism team at edu@sdrc.qld.gov.u or phone 1300 697 372.

Enquiries about potential employment or supplier opportunities should be directed to warwicksolar@uq.edu.au

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