Billion-dollar solar farm fires nation's imagination

AUSTRALIA'S largest solar farm, to be built at Bulli Creek, near Millmerran, has sparked national and international interest.

A huge reaction to news of the farm's approval, suggests the billion dollar renewable energy project appeals to the global public imagination.

Solar Choice managing director Angus Gemmell said separate investors from North America and Europe had completed reviews on the project.

He believed the project had attracted wide-scale attention because of its long-term commitment to providing a green energy source.

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"I think people are genuinely quite concerned about Australia having a clean energy future," he said.

"We all want our energy source to be reliable, bountiful and cost-competitive and this is a project which can tick all those boxes.

"As a nation we've been addicted to coal and I think it's nice to have a project which has vision. A lot of people are a bit despairing under the current regimes."

Mr Gemmell said developers had been careful to choose a location away from prime agricultural country.

"Our main concern was staying away from food bowl country and the lovely black soil of the Darling Downs to the east.''

The national Climate Council, based in Sydney has applauded the project with the council's chief executive officer Amanda McKenzie saying it was a nationally and internationally significant project.

"It will be almost four times larger than what is currently the largest solar farm in the world, Topaz Solar Farm in California. Australia has the best solar resources in the world and we're missing out on huge opportunities if we're not utilising that energy," she said.

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