icubed consulting were present at Sundays’ ground-breaking ceremony for the 121.5MW Yarranlea Solar Farm. The project is located approximately 50km west of Toowoomba near Pittsworth, Queensland. On a bright and breezy Autumn Morning, icubed were represented by Principal Consultant, Nick Canto and our Environments & Community Liaison Officer, Morgan Warnock. An intimate group including the landowners, Cameron and Belinda Saal and prominent political and business figures were assembled by the new project owners, Risen Energy.
Risen’s Renewable Development Manager, Mr Andrew Owen welcomed guests to the site also giving a welcome to country on behalf of the Traditional Owners – the Western Wakka Wakka People.
Speeches were given by Mr Pat Weir, Member for Condamine, Mr Paul Antonio, Mayor of Toowoomba, Mr John Zhong, Project Development and Investment and Mr Jamie Kennedy, Construction Manager. With safety helmets and high-vis vests donned Mayor Antonio, John Zhong and Pat Weir held the shovel in a show of unity turning the first sod on the site, with a backdrop of the major earthmoving plant that is set to commence construction in the coming weeks.
Yarranlea Solar Farm was developed by interests associated with Nick Canto and was conceived to demonstrate the significant capability of icubed consulting. The project received planning approval in December 2016 and AEMO approval for the grid connection in December 2017, paving the way for the completion of the transaction by Risen to acquire the project. Since Yarranlea Solar was conceived in late 2015, icubed have prepared 430MW of planning permits for five (5) PV solar farms across Queensland, with another 500MW under planning assessment. This is in conjunction with the near 3GW of wind projects that have been designed by the firm since it was formed in 2003.
icubed consulting look forward to working with Risen Energy during the construction phase, which will see Risen take the solar farm from engineering design to construction, commissioning, and operations using their equity based, merchant sales model for energy and LREC’s that will be created by this facility once operational.
Once completed the project will generate enough clean energy to supply the electricity needs of around 32,000 average Australian homes. It’s expected up to 200 jobs will be created during the construction stage which will see more than 400,000 solar panels installed.
The solar farm is expected start exporting energy mid 2019
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