Wall Planning & Environmental Consulting would like to showcase our client, Epuron, as a leading example of what a company can bring to a local community when they commit to “buying local”.
Epuron is a leading Australian renewable energy company focused on utility-scale wind & solar energy projects. Epuron have a head office in Sydney, with renewable energy projects based all over Australia, including within Queensland, New South Wales and Northern Territory.
The industry term to describe the benefits of buying local is “economic spinoffs”. The term economic spin-off is widely used in popular media to describe the potential secondary economic effects of a project or development.
Our client, Clermont Solar Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Epuron, have recently gained approval for a 150MW solar farm approximately 8km west of Clermont, in Central Queensland.
In their Community Consultation Strategy, Clermont Solar Pty Ltd, advised that, “The development of a solar energy project will represent a positive diversification of the local economy, which is currently focused on agriculture and coal mining, and create many other indirect benefits for the local community. The project could provide the opportunity for local workers to participate in not only the construction of the project but also a range of local suppliers and businesses, including, accommodation providers, fuel suppliers, restaurants, etc.”. This is an example of a company “walking the talk”.
As a local town planner in Clermont and parent of our young family, not to mention my role (in my spare time!) as partner in our cropping business; I am passionate about my community.
Epuron were responsible for the Development of the project. Recently, Epuron, sold the project to a company called Wirsol Energy Ltd who are now responsible for the project. RCR Tomlinson Ltd will be the Engineering Procurement Contractor and will construct the project on behalf of Wirsol.
The construction and accommodation strategy, designed by Wirsol and RCR Tomlinson Ltd, has a local focus and includes utilisation of the existing Hotel/ Motels and accommodation options in Clermont. Similarly, all catering required for the construction team will be sourced locally. Further, where possible, labour will be sourced from within the Region.
Designated Muster Points/ Pick up Points will be established in Town to transport the construction team to the site, thus reducing the impact of construction related traffic on our local roads. There will be approximately 4 – 5 buses and 10 – 15 cars travelling to site per day.
We will continue to keep our locals informed as the construction process commences and prior to the start of construction. For further information, please contact Wall Planning & Environmental Consulting here.