One of Queensland’s biggest solar farms has come online in the Wide Bay Region and employed nearly its entire workforce from locals.
Elliot Green Power has commissioned its $175 million Susan River Solar Farm, 19km north of Maryborough. The proponent has delivered on its promise to provide local jobs, hiring 80 per cent of the construction workforce from the surrounding area.
The solar farm uses 290,000 solar panels to generate 95 megawatts of electricity, which has the capacity to power 40,000 homes, and fed into the Sunshine State’s power grid via a new Ergon Energy substation at the farm.
“During construction local quarries, concrete suppliers, surveyors, engineering firms, equipment hire businesses and fuel suppliers all did business with the owners, Elliot Green Power,” State Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said. “Renewable projects like Susan River Solar Farm are a win-win; they generate clean energy and they generate jobs and business opportunities for the local economy.”
Susan River represents the 20th renewable generation project to come online in Queensland over the past two years, with a further 13 large-scale projects under construction in Queensland too.
“These 13 large-scale projects will generate more than 1200 megawatts, boost investment by around $2.5 billion and most importantly create more than 1900 jobs during construction,” State Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said.
Elliot Green Power’s $175 million Childers Solar Farm, 60km south of Bundaberg, has also separately completed construction and is already in the early stages of commissioning.
“This is new generation that could help drive down electricity prices for Queenslanders,” Lynham said.