Artist's impression of the Darling Downs Solar Farm, which Origin sold to APA group this month.
Artist's impression of the Darling Downs Solar Farm, which Origin sold to APA group this month. Contributed

Work begins on power link to $200m solar farm

WORK is under way on the transmission line that will connect APA Group's $220 million Darling Downs Solar Farm to the state's electricity network later this year.

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said Powerlink had started construction for APA on a new 350 metre transmission line linking the 110MW solar farm to the existing Braemar to Darling Downs transmission line.

The farm, about 45km west of Dalby, will be one of Australia's largest when it starts operating late this year. It will have about 400,000 solar panels installed over 250 hectares, generating enough renewable energy to power up to 32,000 homes.

"This important project is part of the renewable energy boom we're currently seeing across the State, including in south-west Queensland," he said.

"APA's project is part of our $3.6 billion pipeline of committed renewable energy projects, which together will create almost 3000 jobs in regional Queensland.

"We are right on track to deliver on our 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030, with the right mix of coal, gas and renewable generation to maintain reliability and put downward pressure on electricity prices."

The Darling Downs solar farm is expected to create 200 construction jobs, with an additional seven jobs supported as part of Powerlink's grid connection works.

Powerlink Chief Executive Merryn York said Powerlink's grid connection work involved constructing 350 metres of new transmission line on three new transmission poles.


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