The Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm is expected to be producing at full capacity by the end of the year.
The Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm is expected to be producing at full capacity by the end of the year. Contributed

Resident hopes Rocky region solar farm gets green light

PETER Goody is hoping a large solar plant planned for Bouldercombe could give the town the economic lift it badly needs.

About 40 people attended a community meeting on Tuesday night where Eco Energy World Australia shared its plan to build one of the nation's largest solar plants in the Rockhampton region town.

No formal application has been lodged, with the company keen to carry out their own community consultation before starting the official process.

Peter, a Bouldercombe resident of 30 years, said the general community feeling was positive towards the development, although there were some who had concerns and got the chance to ask questions of the company representatives.

"I'm pretty sure the majority of the people won't have any objections to it,” he said. "As far as I'm concerned anything that can boost our economy a bit won't go astray or the town and the region.”

While Peter said businesses in the region could benefit from the construction process, he said there were plenty of flow-on benefits for the town as well.

"It's not only the actually direct work, but what it can do for the town, the servo and the hotel,” he said.

"If there's a couple of people there for a few months there'll be a bit of money spent in town hopefully. I hope something does come of it.”

The construction phase will be the main opportunity for jobs, with upwards of 130 estimated for the project.

During the operational phase, spanning 30 years, it is expected four to six people would be employed full-time to maintain the panels and block.

Eco Energy Australia is owned by a UK-based developer with solar plants in the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Russia and Sweden. They have several other projects approved in Queensland which are set to begin construction this year.



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