The Wandoan South Solar Project is located near Wandoan, 400km north-west of Brisbane in south-west Queensland. The project, which will consist of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, has a proposed generation capacity of 1,000 megawatts (MWac) and will generate electricity equivalent to the annual needs of up to 400,000 homes. The $650 million project will be one of the largest solar projects in Australia once completed. The project will be connected to Powerlink’s Wandoan South Substation, located to the south of the project site.
With a construction budget of $1 billion, the project will make a positive economic contribution to local, regional and national economies. Vena Energy Australia supports a local procurement policy and promotes participation from local, regional and Australian suppliers wherever possible. It is expected that construction will peak at over 200 people per stage while several permanent staff will be employed once complete. Staff will be required periodically to clean the solar panels, undertake environmental maintenance, electrical works, fire management and site. The solar farm will insulate the regional electricity market from fluctuations in fuel prices by increasing the diversity of the energy system. The project will produce clean energy and have no greenhouse gas emissions.