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Shell Joins Solar Push in Coal Country of World’s Top Exporter

  • Co. studying feasibility of project in Australia’s Queensland
  • Equis has approved A$1.5 billion solar farm in same region
Photographer: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is investigating a solar power project in an Australian region better known for its fossil fuels, particularly coal.

The company is studying the feasibility of a solar development on its land in the Western Downs area of Queensland, which is subject to a final investment decision, a spokeswoman said by email. Though Shell’s statement didn’t elaborate on timing or size, the regional council this week said it had approved construction of the 250-megawatt Delga Solar Farm project proposed by Shell at Woleebee, near Wandoan.