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18 June 2019
Acciona Energy’s plans for a $400 million solar farm have formally been approved after the State Coordinator-General gave the green light on its development application.
Development of the 250 megawatt solar farm is expected to generate a construction peak workforce of up to 240 jobs and 10 ongoing jobs.
Queensland Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the solar farm would generate about 250 megawatts of energy at maximum capacity which is enough to supply approximately 122,000 homes annually.
“Over the lifetime of the project, this will see a total of $1.5 million to $3.6 million put back into Gladstone and surrounding areas.” Acciona has committed to the local sourcing of parts and services from the Gladstone region.
Queensland energy minister Anthony Lynham said the solar farm will help us to reduce emissions and “tackle a changing climate”.
Acciona Energy is expected to invest $50,000 to $120,000 from the project back into the community each year with a community benefit fund to be established.
The project will:
Construction is expected to commence in early 2020, and will take 12-18 months for completion.