Spanish energy giant Acciona Energy has been selected to transform 1,250 hectares at Aldoga into a solar energy project.
Glenn Butcher – Member for Gladstone says the project will deliver 240 construction jobs and 10 ongoing roles, and adopt Buy Queensland and Gladstone Buy Local procurement policies, giving preference to local sub-contractors and manufacturers.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure, and Planning Cameron Dick said the signing of the Agreement for Lease signalled the start of a project that will generate renewable energy and boost the local economy.
“Acciona Energy will develop, finance, construct and operate a $ 500 million solar farm through a 30-year lease with the Queensland Government,” he said.
“At maximum capacity, up to 265 megawatts (AC), will deliver the equivalent amount of energy needed to supply up to 122,000 households, which is around five times the number of households in Gladstone.”
A community benefits fund of between $50,000 and $100,000 annually is also part of the deal, representing between $1.5 million to $3.6 million over the 30-year lease, to be provided to local clubs, associations and community groups in the region.
Construction is expected to begin around the second half of 2019 with electricity generation in the second half of 2020. The Aldoga solar plant will connect to the grid via Powerlink’s Larcom Creek substation.
“Projects like this happening right here in our backyard signal that Gladstone truly is open for business,” Mr Butcher said.
A shortlist of five major renewable energy companies saw Acciona Energy selected to now undertake a detailed feasibility study and to obtain development approvals.