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Work begins on $70m Barcaldine solar farm in central western Queensland

2016-01-04 15:01:33


Construction of a massive solar farm has begun in Queensland's central west.

Stage one of Barcaldine's $70 million, 90 hectare solar project is expected to be completed within 12 months.

The solar farm will have nearly 80,000 solar panels and will initially generate 25 megawatts of power, with an additional 25 megawatts upon completion of stage two.

Barcaldine Mayor Rob Chandler said it meant jobs for the region.

"They say that in peak construction they'll have about 100 contractors, subcontractors, locals working on the project," he said.

"Some local contractors have already been signed up to do site preparation work, that sort of stuff.

"It's going to be a real shot in the arm for the community and other communities where contractors are coming from outside of Barcaldine.

"It's a real shot in the arm for central west Queensland and they are very focused on sourcing as much as they properly can local, and that's materials and labour, so this time of the year when things are a bit ordinary, it's a real shot in the arm."

Original Article:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-08/work-begins-on-barcaldine-solar-farm/7009430
by Ash Moore

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