Shell Australia will develop a 250MW solar farm near Wandoan in western Queensland.
The Western Downs Regional Council announced on Friday it had approved the development of the Delga Solar Farm, located 25km south west of Wandoan.
It is the eighth solar project approved for the Western Downs region, with the council recently approving a 1GW project to be funded by Equis Energy, as well as a 300MW solar farm between Miles and Chinchilla.
Mayor Paul McVeigh said the project is further cementing the Western Downs as a leader in renewable energy production in Australia and internationally.
“We’ve fully embraced the future of renewables and energy production in our region, and we welcome the proposal of Shell Australia onto the solar energy scene in the Western Downs,” he said.
“This interest from a leading multi-national energy company to invest in renewable energy in our region is a great boost to the Western Downs’ already impressive energy portfolio.
“The Shell Australia solar farm project will bring many benefits to our communities and has the potential to value-add to our existing resource industries and experienced network of supply chain businesses in the region.”
The project is expected to employ up to 800 staff during construction, with 10 full-time workers once operational.
Once constructed, the solar farm will be able to connect into the nearby Powerlink Wandoan South substation allowing the energy generated to connect into the national energy grid.
The project will now wait to receive final financial approval by Shell Australia.