Environmental Benefits of The Project

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges our society faces today. The risks are not only affecting us locally, but they are also making an impact on a global scale. To combat this, we at South Energy believe there is a need to work towards a better, cleaner and an increasingly sustainable future.

The Waroona Solar Farm is a solid step in the right direction in mitigating the effects of climate change. The solar farm will offset several hundred thousand tonnes of greenhouse gas from being emitted each year. These emissions will be equivalent to around 55,000 cars being driven annually.

At full capacity, Waroona Solar Farm is expected to:

  • Power the equivalent of approximately 67,000 homes; and
  • Reduce 285,000 tonnes of carbon emission each year.

Relevant Policy

The Australian Government is committed to moving towards a sustainable future and has set a target to source 23.5% of all electricity nation-wide from renewable energy generators (including solar) by the year 2020. Other projects (like the Western Australian Government’s Energy Transformation Strategy) and further infrastructure development in the SWIS are also focused on ensuring consumer expectations are addressed for reliable, secure and affordable energy. Hence, the new solar farm at Waroona will go a long way in aiding both Western Australia and the nation in reaching their targets.

Sources:

https://www.treasury.wa.gov.au/energy-transformation/

https://www.environment.gov.au/climate-change/government/renewable-energy-target-scheme

What is 285,000 Tonnes of
Greenhouse Gas Equivalent to?

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Emission from approximately 67,000 households’ electricity use for a year

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Taking approximately 55,000 passenger vehicles off the road each year

coal-burned

Approximately 285,000 tonnes of coal burned to generate the same amount of electricity displaced by the solar farm

Employment Opportunities

The construction of a solar farm is a huge undertaking and will require hundreds of workers performing various jobs across multiple stages of its construction. Some of the fields include:

  • Fencing and landscaping
  • Civil works
  • Mechanical installation works
  • Electrical works
  • Transportation, and more

The project will take around 12-18 months of full-time construction. Once it is complete, it is estimated that up to four permanent, full-time positions will be available to ensure optimal and efficient operation of the solar farm.

Business Opportunities

With the influx of contractors and other workers, Waroona and its surrounding districts (such as Pinjarra) will see opportunities for commercial expansion. There will be a greater demand for local businesses to satisfy the increased population during the development, construction and operational phases of the solar farm. Some of the businesses may include, but are not limited to:

  • Accommodation
  • Eateries
  • Grocery stores
  • Petrol stations
  • Tool and equipment suppliers
  • Vehicle service stations
  • Transportation, and many more.

The local community may also see an increase in tourism from visitors that are interested to see the new solar farm. Due to the addition of the proposed solar farm, environmentalists, researchers and even educational school tours are likely to visit the Shire of Waroona, creating a solid stream of tourism and growth for the entire region.

Did You Know?

  • As at 15 March 2019, more than 13,000 Australians were employed in the large-scale renewable energy sector, with this number expected to climb. Not only are these jobs crucial to rural communities, but their positive flow-on effect is felt through local supply chains.
  • Waroona Solar Farm will bring more than 250 jobs to the region, reducing local unemployment and diversifying the Shire of Waroona’s economy in the process.

Community Investment Program

At South Energy, we are grateful for the support of the local community and would like to give something tangible back through our Community Investment Program. This program is designed to support community groups, organisations or solo projects that will benefit local people of the Shire of Waroona.

In this program, a portion of the project’s revenue will be allocated for community use annually, as a token of South Energy’s commitment to the community throughout the life of the project. The fund will be managed locally – where possible – together with community representatives once the solar farm is in operation.

Further information on this program will become available as the project progresses.