Solar project brings opportunities

Beon Energy Solutions general manager Glen Thomson (centre) at the opening of the Karadoc solar project.
Beon Energy Solutions general manager Glen Thomson (centre) at the opening of the Karadoc solar project.

Locals have the opportunity to learn more about employment and procurement opportunities associated with a new solar development this week.

Beon Energy Solutions, the construction company was recently awarded the contract to build the 60-megawatt Jemalong Solar Farm, will be conducting an information session on employment and procurement opportunities for the Jemalong Solar Farm.

It's on at the Forbes Services Memorial Club on Thursday January 23, at 6pm.

This session will be co-hosted by the Chandler Macleod Labour Hire Company, who Beon have engaged to oversee the employment program for the Jemalong Solar Farm.

They will cover the different roles and opportunities, hours of work, transport options, working conditions and opportunities for local businesses that are coming up as part of the project.

It's estimated that construction activities will commence in March, subject to final approvals and completion of road works, and be completed in the final quarter of 2020, a media release from Beon said.

"There will be approximately 200 workers employed over the duration of the project with the majority of those being locally sourced," the media release said.

The two main areas of work will be on the electrical and mechanical side of construction.

There will also be opportunities for local businesses such as fencing contractors, cleaning services and transport companies to be involved in the project.

"We are looking forward to working with the local community in and around Forbes to construct the Jemalong Solar Farm," Beon Energy Solutions general manger, Glen Thomson, said.

The company plans to build on its 'women in solar' program that offers women training and support to gain employment in the solar industry, and will work with the Forbes Shire Council to look at employment opportunities for drought-affected farmers.