X-ELIO is ready to begin construction of its $200 million Blue Grass Solar Farm from this month, creating up to 400 jobs.
The company said it had secured the regulatory and financial approvals to kick-off work on the 200MW project, located 14km from Chinchilla in the Western Downs region.
Global solar specialist GRS has been appointed as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the project, and Powerlink will deliver grid connection assets.
X-ELIO said Blue Grass would produce an anticipated 420 GWh of green energy annually once construction of the solar farm was complete in late 2021.
Western Downs Mayor Paul McVeigh said it was fantastic to see the project progressing to construction.
“The Western Downs is earning its place as the renewable energy powerhouse in Australia, and it’s fantastic to see another project creating local jobs and boosting our economy,” Cr McVeigh said.
“We have the optimum climate, landscape and location for renewable energy, with a skilled workforce and great livability to back growth in the sector.”
X-ELIO country manager, Australia, Belinda Fan said the Blue Grass Solar Farm demonstrated X-ELIO’s commitment to developing high-quality and locally responsible renewable projects.
“We understand our role in the local community and look forward to being able to give back by dedicating a percentage of the project’s annual gross income to a Community Support and Benefit Sharing Program,” she said.
“This program will fund local community programs from the first year of the project’s operation in 2022.”