First panels installed on the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm
A major milestone for the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm project has been reached with the first solar panel table lifted into place and secured.
When the 15 megawatt (MV) solar farm is complete, Sunshine Coast Council will become Australia’s first local government to offset 100% of its electricity consumption from clean energy across all its facilities and operations.
Mayor Jamieson said reaching this stage of the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm project had been a culmination of years of hard work and he was proud to be onsite today (Oct 5) to celebrate the significant milestone.
“Council is striving to become Australia’s most sustainable region and our Sunshine Coast Solar Farm at Valdora is part of a grand plan to achieve that vision,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“The solar farm will see council proactively take control of our electricity supply to combat rising electricity costs, which are, on average, 14% higher in Queensland compared to last financial year.
“The solar farm will deliver $22 million in savings, after costs, for our ratepayers over the next 30 years.