October 4, 2017
Plans for a 130ha solar farm to be built 3km east of Kingaroy have been submitted to the South Burnett Regional Council.
The project, on a large block at the corner of Kingaroy-Barkers Creek Road and Redmans Road, could produce enough energy to power 15,000 homes.
NSW company Terrain Solar plans to start construction of the solar farm in mid-2018 if it gains the necessary Council and State Government approvals.
The company has several similar projects underway at Moama, Corowa, Bomen and Molong in NSW, and Warwick in Queensland, all of which are also expected to begin construction in 2018.
Terrain Solar says the Kingaroy project could generate up to 100 jobs during its construction phase.
There would also be some ongoing direct and indirect employment opportunities once the solar farm has been brought into operation.
Plans presented to Council show the project would include a substation, inverters, battery storage and an internal access road.
The facility would have an expected lifespan of between 30 and 50 years.
Plans for the solar farm will be open for public consultation before the Council votes on the project, a process expected to take between three and four months.
The State Government would also have to approve the project before it went ahead.
Terrain Solar’s project is the second solar farm proposed for the region.
In April this year, SolarQ lodged a development application with Gympie Regional Council for a $2 billion-plus solar farm to be built near Woolooga that could power up to 127,000 homes.