As of February 1st, ACCIONA Energia proudly established its Community Hub on Goondoon Street in Gladstone, marking a significant milestone for the 480MWp Aldoga Solar Farm project. The establishment of this hub serves a dual purpose, functioning as both a centralised space for the project team in the pre-construction phase and a valuable resource centre for individuals keen on exploring job opportunities and gaining insights into the project’s intricacies within the local community. This dynamic initiative underscores ACCIONA Energia’s commitment not only to the successful development of the Aldoga Solar Farm but also to fostering community engagement, knowledge-sharing, and providing a platform for those interested in contributing to or learning more about the project. The Community Hub stands as a tangible embodiment of ACCIONA Energia’s dedication to transparency, collaboration, and the seamless integration of the project within the fabric of the Gladstone community.
In total, the Aldoga Solar Farm will create at least 350 construction jobs over its 18-month construction period. “The 350 construction jobs are great in the short term, however more importantly this project will help secure a renewable energy supply for Gladstone’s new and existing industries supporting thousands of jobs in the long term.” Says Mayor Matt Burnett. The entirety of the energy produced by the Aldoga Solar Farm will be supplied to Stanwell Corporation for the Central Queensland Hydrogen Project (CQ-H2), fostering the creation of new employment opportunities and skill development in the green hydrogen sector.
In addition to the 350 construction roles integral to the project, the Aldoga Solar Farm is set to contribute significantly to the local economy by facilitating the movement of 2500 containers through the Port of Gladstone. This operation will not only enhance the efficiency of the port but also create additional employment opportunities along the entire supply chain. Early preparatory work has already commenced at the solar farm, gearing up the site for construction commencement in March. The first wave of progress includes the expected arrival of the initial 25 container loads of equipment at the Port of Gladstone later this month, marking the beginning of a substantial phase in the solar farm’s development.