Following a successful 2016 where all of the projects we submitted into planning received permission we are currently preparing new sites to submit in 2017. Planning application details and public consultation events will follow when the projects reach the appropriate stage.
Luminous Energy considers engagement with local communities to be one of the most important factors when developing a solar farm. This process begins once a draft layout has been prepared for the solar farm and involves meetings with who live closest to the proposed development.
We also hold a public consultation event for each project, where we invite members of the local community to an exhibition explaining key information about the development. This process helps us to understand and respond to any comments from the local community has and enables us to adapt the design accordingly.
Community engagement also allows us to meet and hear from local businesses, conservation and wildlife groups and beekeepers who can help shape the design of the solar farm and become actively involved in the construction and operational phases of the solar farm.
We understand that local communities will be interested in the status of any planning applications and have therefore created this page to provide information about submitted planning applications that are yet to be determined.
Columboola Solar Farm – Press Release 18/01/17
(18th January 2017 – Australia) – Luminous Energy is pleased to announce it has secured Development Approval for the 310MW Columboola Solar Farm in south east Queensland, Australia. The solar farm will provide significant economic, social and environmental benefits and will create up to 400 jobs during construction and approximately five permanent jobs during the operational phase. Local businesses will benefit through the hiring of local trade-persons, contractors, plant equipment hire, and the use of local accommodation and services by construction staff.
Western Downs Regional Council spokesman for planning and environment Cr Andrew Smith said, “Once completed this solar station will be one of the largest in Australia, equal in size to most conventional power stations. It's a massive project, not only in terms of economic benefit and local job creation but also in the flow-on business development opportunities for associated renewable energy industries.”
A spokesman for Luminous Energy said, “We appreciate the support that the Council has shown for this project and the speed and efficiency with which they processed the application. It is fantastic that Columboola Solar Farm has been granted approval - the project will generate approximately 640,000 Megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity per annum - enough renewable electricity to meet the needs of approximately 110,000 Queensland homes every year. The production of clean renewable energy from the project will avoid approximately 518,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) being emitted each year – the equivalent of approximately 109,000 petrol powered cars being taken off the road”