Sunny side up for solar farm proposal
Sunshine Coast Council’s quest to become Australia’s first local government to build a utility scale solar farm is powering ahead.
The Council today approved a development application to build a 15 megawatt (MW) solar farm at Valdora which will offset the organisation’s entire electricity consumption across all its facilities and operations.
The development application was prepared external to Council and assessed by a qualified and independent planning consultant.
This consultant was responsible for providing a recommendation to Council on the merits of the development application.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson stressed this was essential to ensure appropriate due diligence was undertaken, there was transparency in regard to assessing the development application and that Council could remain independent and objective regarding the application.
The project will see the solar farm installed on 24 hectares of the site’s 49 hectares.
The solar farm is estimated to save the Council millions of dollars over a 30-year period based on today’s electricity costs, which are anticipated to increase substantially in the future.