PROPOSAL: The plans for the proposed Kingaroy Solar Farm.
PROPOSAL: The plans for the proposed Kingaroy Solar Farm. Contributed

Solar reps hear public concerns

WITH the earth officially broken for the Coopers Gap wind farm, other renewable projects are starting to move in the South Burnett.

The proposed 80ha solar farm by Terrain Solar is going through the South Burnett Regional Council approval process, which includes public consultation.

Back in December, residents were given 20 days to respond to the project with public submissions.

Representatives from the company were in Kingaroy on Wednesday hearing concerns from residents about the project.

Terrain Solar managing director Simon Ingram said they would consider modifying elements of the plant based on feedback after a round of meetings with residents but the core concept so far remained the same.

"We're recognising concerns, working towards mitigating issues people arehaving and looking for that balance,” Mr Ingram said.

Reaction to news of the project from the community has been mixed, with some concerned the project could interfere with agriculture.

Mr Ingram said the project would not interfere with landowners' works in the area.

"The use of land for a solar project does not stop farming,” he said.

The solar farm is planned to be decommissioned and scrapped at the end of its operational life cycle and the company has promised the land will be restored to its previous agricultural value after that.

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