Sun hasn’t set on Bundaberg Region solar investments

Solar panels
Solar farming is still going strong in Bundaberg.

An application for a solar farm near Innes Park is the latest in a long list of similar applications to come before Bundaberg Regional Council for assessment.

The application builds on the popularity of solar farms in the Bundaberg Region, where six previous projects have a combined development value of $755 million.

The proposed 25 megawatt farm is located off Elliott Heads Road near Innes Park and is approximately 1.5 kilometres from a substation on Elliott Heads Road.

The total area of land involved is 46.5 hectares.

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The location of a proposed solar farm near Innes Park.

The application was lodged on behalf of Enerparc Australia Pty Ltd.

Planning and development portfolio spokesman Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the proposal was one of the smaller farms to be assessed by Council.

“The reason for the limited size is it's proposed to supply the substation with its remaining capacity,” he said.

“Towards the end of 2018 Council had received a number of applications for solar farms in locations across the region.

“Spearheaded by a large 210 megawatt solar farm at Childers, the combined value of these farms is estimated at $755 million.

“The farms boast around 1.3 million solar panels in total and have the capacity to generate 443.8MW which is enough to power well in excess of 400,000 homes.”

In addition to the solar panels proposed to be constructed on the site, other infrastructure would include security fencing and power poles and lines to connect the farm to the substation.