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Cr Loft: Solar power station a winner for Fraser Coast

THE Fraser Coast's energy costs could be offset by spending millions of dollars on a solar power station, mayoral candidate Chris Loft has declared.

Elaborating on his election commitment to investigate the viability of a station, Cr Loft said he had an "investor" ready to develop the idea - with a hefty price tag.

"It's a very serious one - I've got people looking," he said.

"At least $100 million they're looking at."

In election material distributed across the Fraser Coast, Cr Loft said the solar station could save the council about 15% of the annual power cost.

But when asked about how much it would save ratepayers, Cr Loft was less than certain.

"It should hold the cost of power," he said.

Due to commercial in confidence, Cr Loft would not say what investor was looking at the idea but said they had trouble progressing the proposal.

"With a more business-minded council who welcomes in these sort of projects I would love to be the leader in solar in Queensland," Cr Loft said.

"I would love to have a solar-power station on the edge of the Bruce Hwy where every car (that) drives past says look at that, the Fraser Coast is alive and well."

The mammoth cost has not deterred Cr Loft, who said his investor could secure State and Federal funding and utilise idle council land.

In the past financial year the council spent $6,690,000 on electricity and gas across the Fraser Coast, about $2 million of that on street lighting.

The energy cost makes up 10.6% of the council's $62 million materials and services spend.

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