Work Starts on Link for Downs Solar Farm

Construction is underway 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.

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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, sits on land about 45km west of Dalby and occupies over 402 hectares of land all up. It will be one of Australia’s largest when it starts operating late this year.

The project proceeds with $20 million in Federal Government funding.

It will have around 400,000 solar panels installed over 250 hectares of the site and will generate enough renewable energy, at peak, to power up to 32,000 homes.

This compares to the Origin Energy’s Darling Downs gas fired plant, for example which outputs 644 MW or nearly six times the output of the solar farm and is capable of providing power to nearly 200,000 homes.

The Darling Downs solar farm is expected to create 200 construction jobs.