Gladstone solar farm generates manufacturing job opportunities

The Department of State Development has approved Acciona Energy’s proposed 762-hectare Aldoga solar farm in Gladstone, Queensland.

Acciona Energy signed a 30-year agreement in April 2018 with the Queensland Government to lease its land for the Aldoga renewable energy project.

Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, manufacturing, infrastructure, and planning, says the Aldoga farm will produce more than 240 construction and manufacturing jobs and 10 ongoing jobs once operational.

“At maximum capacity the $400 million solar farm will generate more than 250 megawatts of energy, which is enough to supply approximately 122,000 homes annually,” Dick said.

“The power generated will be fed into the national electricity grid via a connection into the Powerlink Larcom Creek Station.”

Dick says a community benefit fund will be established through Acciona Energy. Acciona will invest between $50,000 to $120,000 from the project back into the community each year.

“Over the lifetime of the project, this will see a total of more than $1.5 to $3.6 million put back into Gladstone and surrounding areas,” Dick said.

Glenn Butcher, Members for Gladstone, says locals will notice progress on site with the installation of two meteorological monitoring stations.

“These are being installed to gather data on the location’s climatic conditions,” Butcher said. “The information gathered will help fine tune the design of the solar farm, ensuring it is as productive as possible.”

Anthony Lynahm, Minister for Natural Resources, mines, and energy, says the project will contribute to the Queensland State Government’s renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030.

“This solar farm will help us reduce emissions and tackle climate change,” Lynham said.

“The proponent will also adopt Buy Queensland and Gladstone Buy Local procurement policies, giving preference to the local sub-contractors and manufacturers.”