The Queensland Government recently announced news that they are investing in a further four renewable energy projects in Queensland.
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The AUD $700 MILLION large-scale projects are also set to create more than 500 new construction jobs in Queensland.
The signing of support deeds for the Whitsunday, Oakey and Longreach projects, coincide with the recent AGL Energy Limited approval of its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Coopers Gap Wind Farm in Southern Queensland.
Energy Minister Mark Bailey said that the signing of support deeds would secure long-term revenue for each project, confirm investor funding and enable construction to commence. He went onto say that these projects would not only provide clean energy and jobs but secure Queensland’s place as a leader on the world’s solar energy stage.
Whitsunday project by Edify Energy
Edify Energy specialise in developing and financing large-scale renewable energy and particularly solar projects in Australia. The Edify Energy Whitsunday Solar Farm, near Collinsville, is a 58 megawatt project worth AUD $122 million and it is expected to create 116 new construction jobs.
Oakey and Longreach projects by Canadian Solar
Canadian Solar is a leading manufacturer of solar PV modules and provides solar energy solutions, globally, with subsidiaries in twenty-four countries on six continents.
Canadian has stated that construction work will begin in May this year and connected to the Australian grid in early 2018. The AUD $28 million, 15 megawatt Longreach project is expected to employ 30 people during construction.
The Oakey solar farm is a 80 MW solar photovoltaic project that will generate a further 50 new construction jobs and consist of 2 stages. The projects first stage (25 MW) will start construction in March 2017 with stage 2 (55MW) starting in July 2017.
Coopers Gap project by AGL Energy Limited
AGL Energy is a leading Australian integrated energy company providing electricity, gas, solar & renewable energy-related products and services.
Coopers Gap is set to be the largest wind farm in Queensland, creating up to 350 new construction jobs and powering more than 240,000 homes. AGL are committed to reducing greenhouse gasses and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 1,100,000, which is equivalent to removing over 320,000 cars from the road.
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