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Acciona Energy selected to build 265MW solar plant in Australia

CTBR Staff Writer Published 13 April 2018

The Queensland government has selected Spanish renewable energy company Acciona Energy to build a 265MW solar plant in the state.

For the solar project, 1250 hectares of underutilised state-owned land at Aldoga has been allocated.

The government stated that Acciona Energy will develop, finance, construct and operate a A$500m ($389.7m) solar farm through a 30-year lease with the Queensland Government.

The solar plant will generate enough clean electricity to be supplied to 122,000 households.

It is expected to create 240 jobs during the construction phase and 10 permanent jobs.

Presently, Acciona is conducting feasibility study, which could take about a year. While the construction could start in the second half of next year, electricity generation from the solar farm could start in the second half of 2020.

The Aldoga solar plant will be connected to the grid through Powerlink’s Larcom Creek substation.

Queensland Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said: “This is another project to join Queensland’s renewable energy pipeline of jobs and investment.

“Over the past 18 months, five large-scale solar projects have commenced operations bringing the total operational capacity of renewable energy in Queensland to more than 780MW.

“Another 23 large-scale projects, totalling 2.2GW, are currently financially committed or under construction. These projects will create almost 3600 jobs during construction and boost investment by around A$4.2bn ($1.87bn)."

In April last year, Acciona Energy started the construction of 132MW Mount Gellibrand wind farm in the State of Victoria in Australia.

The wind farm is located about 65km west of Geelong 25km east of Colac. It will include forty four of Nordex’s AW125/3000 wind turbines. 

Expected to begin operations in July this year, it will produce about 429GWh of electricity per year, which will be enough to power about 60,000 homes in the region. An amount of 412,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year are expected to be offset by the wind farm.

Image: Acciona to spend $389m on new solar plant Australia. Photo: Courtesy of franky242/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.