Sunshine Coast builds Queensland's first council solar farm

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Queensland's first large-scale solar farm.

Queensland's first large-scale solar farm run by a local government — saving the council $22 million in electricity costs over 30 years — is being built on the Sunshine Coast.

The 15-megawatt solar farm will be built on 50 hectares behind Coolum, will be financed by the council after the federal government refused to fund it.

It will provide green power by mid-2017 and will slash the council's costs of buying electricity for everything including streets lights, sports facilities, buildings, galleries, parks and libraries.

The council expects to be able to sell excess electricity from the solar farm, with documentation showing the farm will generate more electricity than the council needs.

Queensland's Local Government Association says nine local governments are also investigating geothermal energy plans.

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