Solar project shines a light on jobs, investment on Southern Downs
The Southern Downs is set to become a destination for renewable energy after Council today approved the development of a new solar farm near Warwick.
The Terrain Solar project is expected to generate a range of significant benefits for the Southern Downs, including jobs, educational opportunities and investment in the region.
The proposed 150ha solar farm will be constructed at Sladevale near Gleesons, Jensens, Robinson and Freestone Roads, and will generate about 160,000 megawatt hours of clean energy (MWh) each year, enough to power 27,000 average homes.
Construction is planned to start by the end of the year, directly creating more than 100 jobs during construction and several ongoing employment opportunities.
The solar facility will be of great benefit to the region, providing research, teaching and engagement opportunities on the Southern Downs.
Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie said the facility will be an asset to the Southern Downs and a boost to jobs and the economy.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the Southern Downs region to diversify the businesses that have a presence here and put the region on the map as a destination for renewable energy,” Cr Dobie said.