THE renewable energy boom on the Western Downs will be the focus of a two-day conference in Dalby next month.
With 10 solar projects approved and pending construction in the Western Downs Regional Council area, the renewable energy sector is emerging as a significant investment opportunity for Darling Downs operators.
The conference, run by Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, will highlight those opportunities and others in the coal, gas, ethanol and wind sectors, and include site tours of two major developments.
"Companies in our region can provide construction across a range of areas, and are set to benefit from the projects," TSBE executive chairman Shane Charles said.
"We are perfectly positioned to compete for work.
"These developments are very new to this region which means the major contractors for the projects will be new to most of our businesses."
Western Downs Mayor Paul McVeigh said in the past two years the council had blazed a trail in the renewable energy sector.
"We've been creating investment opportunities that will strengthen our economy and provide employment opportunities within our communities," Cr McVeigh said.
"It's an exciting time for the Western Downs as we establish ourselves at the energy capital of Australia, and the job opportunities and economic benefits this has for the wider region is significant."
The 2017 Renewable Energy Roundup will be held in Dalby on November 9-10.
Speakers will include Canadian Solar senior project manager Jochen Rasmussen, APA Group's Sam Pearce, Energy Queensland manager future networks Glenn Springall and WDRC CEO Ross Musgrove.
Tickets are $195 for TSBE members, and $245 for non-members, and available online.
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