The solar state - 200 new construction jobs in Queensland

Posted by Design & Construct on 30-Jan-2017 11:33:24

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A joint initiative between the Australian renewable energy company Edify Energy and its German investor is expected to provide 200 new construction jobs in queensland at the Whitsunday Solar Farm in Queensland.


 

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) established in 2012 to help make renewable energy solutions more affordable, contributed to the project as part of the government's Solar 150 Program.

 

The solar program is tasked with creating projects to generate 150 megawatts of solar power in Queensland and stimulate further investment in renewable energy. 

 

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“The Whitsunday Solar Farm is part of the new, large-scale renewable industry the Palaszczuk Government has established in Queensland which will boost investment in the State by more than $600 million, creating around 600 direct jobs and hundreds more indirect jobs in regional Queensland,” said Minister for Energy Mark Bailey.

 

Solar_farm_queensland_jobs.jpgUp to 150 companies, including the Whitsunday Solar Farm, are at the forefront of Queensland’s push to make the transition to renewable energy displaying the government’s is committment to achieving its 50 percent renewable energy target by 2030. Find out more renewable projects in Queenlands. Read our last article. 

 

 

Benefits of large-scale solar generation

Large-scale solar generation is already a common feature around the globe and Queensland's Solar 150 Program aims to:

 

  • encourage new large-scale renewable energy projects in Queensland
  • reduce the cost and risk of future renewable energy projects by demonstrating financial and technology feasibility
  • provide tangible learnings across development and supply chains to facilitate future renewable energy developments.

 

ARENA has announced funding support to 6 Queensland-based large-scale solar generation projects. The following projects received ARENA’s financial support with construction set to begin in early 2017:

Project

Organisation

Town

MW

Darling Downs Solar Farm

Origin Energy Limited

Dalby

110

Whitsunday Solar Farm

Whitsunday Solar Farm Pty Ltd (sponsored by Edify Energy and Solar Choice)

Collinsville

58

Kidston Solar Project

Genex Power Limited

Kidston

50

Oakey Solar Farm

Canadian Solar (Australia) Pty Ltd

Oakey

25

Longreach Solar Farm

Canadian Solar (Australia) Pty Ltd

Longreach

15

Collinsville Solar Farm

RATCH-Australia Corporation Limited

Collinsville

42



 

References

Queensland government. (2016). Retrieved 2 January, 2017 from
http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/10/24/solar-farm-brings-renewable-energy-and-200-jobs-to-the-whitsundays

Queensland government. (2016). Retrieved 2 January, 2017 from
https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industry/energy/renewable-energy/solar-150

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