200 jobs for Emerald project
A CQ renewable energy boom as the number of projects hits 20 in Queensland
Wednesday 04 October 2017
Another 100 megawatt large-scale Queensland solar project has reached will soon begin construction near Emerald, creating 200 construction jobs for the region according to its proponents.
According to the Queensland government, there are now at least 16 solar projects set for construction in Queensland including the Central Queensland based Kidston, Whitsunday, Daydream, Hayman, Lilyvale, Rugby Downs and Emerald Solar Farms.
Energy Minister Mark Bailey said Fotowatio Renewable Ventures’ Lilyvale Solar Farm is one of many renewable energy projects which will soon help power Queensland.
“This important milestone means that FRV now has the much-needed credit approval to secure funding and proceed with construction of its Lilyvale solar farm, located 50km north-east of Emerald in the Queensland Central Highlands region,” Mr Bailey said.
“The financial close for Lilyvale Solar Farm follow’s FRVs 100 megawatt Clare Solar Farm in North Queensland."
Construction is set to begin shortly, with the farm expected to be grid-connected and fully operational by late 2018.
Once operational, the solar farm will generate enough electricity to power around 45,000 Queensland homes.
It is one of 20 renewable projects totalling 1781 megawatts committed to or under construction in Queensland at the moment.
Last month Adani announced they would build a $100 million 65 MW solar plant by the end of the year near Moranbah. The solar farm will be on the Rugby Run grazing property near Moranbah.
The 65MW project is the first of several stages planned for Rugby Run where Adani wants to increase solar power generation to 170 MW. Australia wide Adani says it plans to build 1500 MW of solar capacity in the next five years.