Massive solar farm approved west of Toowoomba

BREAKING: A large solar farm covering 82 hectares will be built west of Toowoomba, creating 90 jobs and boosting the region's economy.

The Western Downs Regional Council yesterday approved the 30 megawatt solar farm which will be built east of Dalby at the intersection of Blaxland-South Rd and the Warrego Hwy.

Construction is expected to take up to 12 months and will generate enough energy to power 22,000 homes.

Western Downs planning and environment Councillor Andrew Smith said the solar farm would capitalise on the region's untapped potential.

"Council was thinking globally and acting locally when handing down the decision to approve this major solar farm development," Cr Smith said.

"The Western Downs is well placed to house these types of developments.

"We've got access to energy and electricity networks on broadacre lands that get a lot of sun, and recognise there is a wider benefit in this type of development providing a low cost, reliable and safe alternative energy source to the wider electricity grid.

"The third wave of energy development is here and this project is a big investment into the Western Downs' largely untapped potential for this alternate energy resource."