Construction has started on Queensland’s newest 121MW Yarranlea solar farm, west of Toowoomba.

Energy Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, said “The Yarranlea Solar Farm is building on the state’s existing and current renewable energy projects as a $240 million, 200-job and 121MW energy generator.

“The commencement of construction of the Yarranlea solar farm signifies the beginning of a 12 month journey to being operational, when the switch will be flicked and it begins powering approximately 32,000 homes.

“This investment by Risen Energy will see the installation of approximately 400,000 two by one metre solar panels over 250 hectares at Yarranlea, creating even more employment opportunities for the Toowoomba and Darling Downs region.

“Risen Energy is already a part of Queensland’s renewables sector with its panels used in a number of large-scale and commercial projects, but this is the first instance in which Risen has taken on a direct role.

“This project also joins other renewable projects dotted along this region’s landscape including the Oakey and Darling Downs solar projects and the Coopers Gap Wind Farm.

Risen Energy’s Project Development and Investment Director, John Zhong, said the company was proud to be involved with the Yarranlea Solar Farm.

“This is Risen Energy’s first of many company-owned solar developments in Australia,” Mr Zhong said.

“The 121MW Yarranlea Solar Farm will be constructed using as many local resources as possible including labour, equipment, contractors and accommodation.

“When completed the Yarranlea Solar Farm will supply power to homes, businesses and industries in the Darling Downs region and the South East.

“Risen Energy’s investment in Queensland is another important step in securing the state’s solar investment boom and its renewable economy,” Dr Lynham said.

There are 56 large-scale solar projects currently in the approvals or construction process in Queensland. 

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