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Karen Jacobs, Energy Minister Ben Wyatt, Michael Ottaviano, Cronje Wolvaardt, Cedric Jacobs at the sod turning ceremony for the state’s newest solar farm in Northam.

Start made on Northam Solar Farm

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.”

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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