Sunshine could soon be powering our homes.
Sunshine could soon be powering our homes. Contributed

Huge Solar farm plans for Kingaroy

THE South Burnett is becoming one of Queensland's renewable energy powerhouses, with plans for a huge new solar farm near Kingaroy submitted to South Burnett Regional Council.

The 130-hectare project, which will produce about 40 kilowatts of energy and be located about 3km out of Kingaroy along Kingaroy-Barkers Ck Rd, is being planned by New South Wales company Terrain Solar.

In a statement on its website Terrain Solar said planning for the project was under way and the project was due to start construction in mid 2018.

The site where the new solar farm will be built near Kingaroy.
The site where the new solar farm will be built near Kingaroy. Tobi Loftus

The company said the project would generate up to 100 construction jobs, as well as other ongoing direct and indirect employment opportunities.

"(It will) provide enough power for approximately 12,000 average homes,” the company said.

"(It will) displace more than 51,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.”

The plans presented to the council also showed plans for a substation, inverters, battery storage and an internal access road.

The facility would have a lifespan of about 30 to 50 years.

Solar panels at the facility would be constructed on posts 2.6m high and swivel on angles of 45° to 60°, tracking the sun.

Plans for the solar farm will soon be open for public consultation before being voted on by the council.

The State Government will also have to approve the project before it goes ahead.

It is estimated the council could make a decision on the project in three to four months.

Terrain Solar has several other solar projects under way in Australia, including at sites in Warwick, Molong, Bomen and Moama.

The solar farm plans come after the Coopers Gap Wind Farm, Australia's largest wind farm, was given the green light in August.

The wind farm is due to open in 2019.

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