Green light for $280m Burdekin Solar Farm
The 140MW solar farm, to be developed on a 227ha site at Ayr Dalbeg Rd, is expected to create up to 400 construction jobs and 10 operational roles.
Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the CleanGen Projects solar farm represented a major investment in the shire and in the Burdekin’s potential as a solar energy powerhouse.
“The Burdekin, with its abundant sunshine and available land, is very well positioned to accommodate this type of new and exciting industry," she said.
“Our Council is all for growing the Burdekin and diversification will ensure growth in employment and a sustainable economy into the future.”
It is the fifth large-scale solar farm to gain approval in the Burdekin Shire.
CleanGen Projects managing director Koovashni Reddy said the solar farm included battery storage and would connect to the local grid.
“The battery storage will help produce power when the sun doesn’t shine and assist with grid stability services,” Ms Reddy said.
She said the project would offer apprenticeships to train local youth and would also be encouraging employment opportunities for women during the construction and operational phases.