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Solar farm worth $500m to be built in Gladstone region

Queensland is powering towards a sustainable future as construction begins on a $500 million solar farm near Gladstone.

Located at Aldoga, about 20km northwest of Gladstone, the Aldoga Solar Farm will feature up to 820,000 solar modules with the capacity to produce 480 megawatts peak.

The Aldoga Solar Farm will offer $150 million in local procurement opportunities and deliver up to 350 jobs during construction and up to 10 ongoing full-time roles.

Queensland premier Steven Miles said, “This project will create hundreds of jobs for Central Queenslanders now and into the future.”

The project is situated within the Gladstone State Development Area (SDA) on land owned by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ).

EDQ has signed a development lease with renewable energy company ACCIONA Energía as part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to increasing renewable energy supply, generating jobs and supporting economic growth.

Brett Wickham, managing director, ACCIONA Energía said, “Projects like Aldoga will help transition our energy system while providing the employment, training and procurement opportunities regional communities are asking for so they can take advantage of this booming industry.

ACCIONA Energía’s community benefits program will also provide $120,000 in annual funding to local initiatives including scholarships with Central Queensland University, small grants and legacy projects.

Construction of the Aldoga Solar Farm is now underway, with the facility to be operational by mid-2026, and operate for 30 years.

Minister for state development and infrastructure Grace Grace said, “ACCIONA Energía is the largest 100 percent renewable company in the world.

Under a Power Purchase Agreement, all electricity generated at the Aldoga Solar Farm will be directed to the Stanwell Corporation’s proposed Central Queensland Hydrogen project (CQ-H2), ensuring that 100 percent of the energy produced will serve this initiative.

“With a 480-megawatt peak capacity, the $500 million facility will avoid 930,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per annum,” said Grace.

Steel manufacturer Orrcon, that recently opened a production line facility in Northgate, will manufacturer Queensland steel to be used in the construction of the solar farm.

The manufacturer is positioned to supply components for a number of large-scale solar projects to help with the renewable energy transition

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