Solar panels in New South Wales. Image by NSW Department of Planning and Environment (www.planning.nsw.gov.au/).
Shell Australia, a subsidiary of oil group Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSA), plans a 250-MW solar project in the Australian state of Queensland that has already been give the go-ahead by the local government.
Western Downs Regional Council said earlier this week it has approved the project, which will now await final financial approval from Shell Australia.
The solar park, dubbed Delga, is to be located at Woleebee, 25 km (15.5 miles) south-west of Wandoan and will be able to connected to the national grid through a nearby substation. It is expected to create between 500 and 800 jobs during construction and up to 10 full-time operational jobs thereafter.
"This interest from a leading multi-national energy company to invest in renewable energy in our region is a great boost to the Western Downs’ already impressive energy portfolio," said mayor Paul McVeigh.
According to the announcement, this is the eighth solar project approved in the Western Downs.