CONSTRUCTION has started at the Northam Solar Farm, which is expected to provide 30 local jobs.
Energy Minister Ben Wyatt attended the ground breaking ceremony for the state’s newest solar farm at Northam last week.
Mr Wyatt said the Northam Solar Farm project will be developed by Carnegie Clean Energy in partnership with Indigenous Business Australia and Bookitja Ptd Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Perth Noongar Foundation.
He said the partnership would provide important contracting opportunities to a number of Aboriginal businesses, as well as the opportunity for ongoing Noongar employment during both the construction and operation phases of this project.
The 10-megawatt project is expected to generate enough power for 3000 households over the next 25 years.
Mr Wyatt said projects such as the Northam Solar Farm illustrated the great potential Western Australia had to take advantage of the technological advances in the energy sector.
“We can create regional opportunities built around cleaner, cheaper renewable power,’’ he said.
“This project is particularly exciting because of the opportunities it will provide to local Aboriginal people and businesses as a result of the joint venture.”