Huge solar farm approved in Western Downs to create 400 jobs

Western Downs

WDRC Mayor Paul McVeigh has announced the biggest solar farm project in the region. Image: Chinchilla News

Western Downs Regional Council has approved the biggest solar project in the region – a 300 megawatt solar farm to be constructed by Luminous Energy.

Located between Miles and Chinchilla, the project will be built over three stages and is expected to take 18 months to construct.

With a span of 540 hectares and the capacity to power 110,000 homes, the solar farm is also expected to create 400 jobs during construction and five ongoing operational positions.

“This is the fourth large-scale green, clean, renewable development to be approved by council for the region, firmly cementing the Western Downs as the energy capital of Australia,” said Western Downs Regional Council spokesperson Andrew Smith.

“It’s a massive project, not only in terms of economic benefit and job creation but also in the flow-on business development opportunities for associated renewable energy industries.

“We’re serious about being known as the energy capital of Australia, and we’re open for business.”