RPS led the approvals process for Australia’s biggest solar farm west of Toowoomba on Queensland’s Darling Downs. Our client, Solar Choice, is hoping construction of this estimated $1billion project will commence in 2016 at the 200 hectare site at Bulli Creek between Millmerran and Goondiwindi.
Toowoomba Regional Council granted rezoning of the land under a number of conditions, including that construction of the first stage of the projects begins within four years. The solar farm will also have a 35-year operating limit.
The approval is for a total footprint of up to two gigawatts (2,000MW) over the next eight years, with the option of building out the site in manageable stages of 100MW to 500MW or more per stage.