Large-scale solarProject AGL Solar Project
This report details information about the construction of utility scale solar project and the labour and accomodation requirements.
Implications for future projects
It is important that project planning and cost estimates factor in the availability of skilled and unskilled workers within the project area. If the project will require specialised trades in addition to those that can be sourced within the local area, then consideration must be given to the following issues:
- An estimate of the quantity and duration of non-local workers required for the project;
- A search for the most suitable source of non-local workers and the likely mode of transport to the project area;
- A thorough investigation of the local accommodation alternatives, including hotels, motels, caravan parks and residential dwellings; and
- Evaluation and costing of new or temporary accommodation to host the non-local workers.
Whilst the cost of labour in regional and remote towns is similar to those in the capital cities, where additional labour from outside the project region is required, it will be necessary to provide local accommodation and mess services which will increase project cost. Sourcing non-local labour will also impact the local community, which must be consulted to optimise the economic benefit while minimising impacts on community amenity.