Up to 2300 new jobs
The Queensland Government has proposed almost $2.5 billion towards renewable energy and pledged an increase in projects to boost jobs and regional development. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said, “We have been overwhelmed by the response from the private sector. We are working with proponents of 17 projects, offering an additional 1000MW of installed energy generation valued at $2.4 billion and offering up to 2300 jobs during construction”.
The 17 projects shortlisted are spread across the state and will form a range of technologies such as solar, wind and biomass. The hope is that the regional investment will contribute towards the national Renewable Energy Target.
A project well under way and feeding the grid
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) recently announced the news that the solar farm located approximately 10km south of Moree in NSW, had successfully achieved first generation. The site is considered an ideal location due to the intense levels of solar radiation experienced in the area and proximity to the national electricity grid.
It will connect to Essential Energy's distribution network, allowing the solar power plant to supply electricity into the grid and compete in the National Electricity Market. The farm developed by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), is now feeding 56 MW of renewable solar energy into the National Electricity Market, enough to power 15,000 average homes.
One of the $164 million project's main aims is to demonstrate that large-scale solar power plants can be constructed and operated within the Australian electricity grid. The project also encourages regional development by providing employment opportunities during the construction phase and It is estimated that around 100 construction jobs will be created, with around another 130 local jobs created to support the construction workforce.
Project Key Players:
- ARENA was established by the Australian Government to make renewable energy technologies more affordable and increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia.
- FRV Services Australia Pty Ltd is a subsidiary of the global solar power developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures. FRV is a global and leading large-scale solar power plant developer.
- The CEFC invests commercially to increase the flow of funds into renewable energy, energy efficiency and low emissions technologies.
Abundant natural renewable resource
CEFC CEO Oliver Yates said the farm was demonstrating how solar power was set to play a major role in transforming Australia's energy future and regional economies. Once the solar farm has been fully commissioned, it is expected to have an operating life of 30 years and generate approximately 4,000 gigawatt hours over that time. The project was awarded 2014 Asia Pacific Solar Transaction of the Year by IJ Global, an award which recognises excellence, achievement and innovation in energy and infrastructure finance.
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