The 350 MW Lower Wonga Solar Farm, stage one of a massive solar and battery storage energy hub, has secured an approval from the Gympie Regional Council.
According to the project proposal submitted earlier this year by local developer Solar Q, the array is to be built on a 572-hectare stretch of cleared grazing land near Gympie, featuring 1,300,000 panels. The company expects it to meet 15% of the southeastern Queensland’s electricity needs and create 450 jobs during construction.
The Lower Wonga substation connection point will allow for the provision of energy supply directly connected by high voltage transmission lines to Gin Gin, Teebar Creek, Mungar, Kilkivan region, Gympie region, Palmwoods/Sunshine Coast, and Brisbane areas, offering significant reinforcement for security of supply.
The project’s total investment figure stands at AU$ 2 billion.