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UPDATED: Gladstone could become country's biggest renewable patch

Economic Development Queensland land planning and development manager John Brun and Glenn Butcher mp at Aldoga.
Economic Development Queensland land planning and development manager John Brun and Glenn Butcher mp at Aldoga. Mike Richards GLA200417SOLAR

5:45PM:

GLADSTONE could become Australia's largest renewable energy patch.

Expressions of interest are wanted to develop an area the size of 160 Suncorp Stadiums into a renewable energy hub at Aldoga.

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said potentially the area could generate enough electricity for 130,000 homes.

"In the long term, the Palaszczuk government knows that these types of proposals will help energy proposals into the future," he said.

"We intend to turn this into a hub, a huge industry in renewables right here in Gladstone."

Mr Butcher said it was too early to say how many jobs would come from the project at the moment.

"This will create jobs, we're not 100% sure on what jobs area available yet but a project of this size ... is significant," he said.

Up to 450 megawatts could be put into the grid from the project.

The project is in a State Development Area, making it will be easier to develop.

Mr Butcher said the project would not have an impact on the NRG Power station but would help the State Government reach its renewable energy target of of achieving 50% renewable energy by 2030.

Although official expressions of interest had only opened yesterday, Mr Butcher said there was strong interest from the energy industry, with 60 people taking part in an industry sounding forum.

Energy Minister Mark Bailey said the largely flat site was an attractive area given its close proximity to a cost effective high-voltage network.

"It has the potential to support 450MW of renewable energy and is located adjacent to Powerlink's Larcom Creek substation which means we have the ability to connect the project straight into the grid," Mr Bailey said.

Mr Butcher said the government would decide what would be best for the site after the expressions of interest close on May 24.
 

 

12.30pm: GLADSTONE MP Glenn Butcher says Gladstone could become a leader in renewable energy, with expressions of interest opening today for development opportunities in the region's State Development Area.

Speaking to the Observer at the State Development site, Mr Butcher said the land was "ready to be developed".

WATCH | Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher on the site's renewables possibilities:

Mr Butcher said a project of this size was what Gladstone workers and job seekers are looking for. If the proposal goes ahead it would make Gladstone a leader in renewable energy, with the largest solar or wind farm in the nation.

"This could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, whether it be a solar or wind farm or biofuels," he said.

"This will create jobs for locals at this Aldoga site."

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The site is 1250 hectares. Mr Butcher said the site would make a huge contribution to Queensland's renewable energy target of 30% by 2030.

While Mr Butcher said it was too soon to speculate on numbers or types of jobs, he said it would be "significant".

"What we've seen with projects of this size in other parts of Australia is they are significant," he said.

About 60 proponents, local, national and international, showed interest in developing land at an initial meeting. Expressions of interest open today and close on May 24.

Glenn Butcher mp at Aldoga.
Glenn Butcher mp at Aldoga. Mike Richards GLA200417SOLAR

Earlier: EXPRESSIONS of interest are now being sought from the renewable energy industry to transform a 1,248 hectare site near Gladstone.

In releasing the EOI documents, Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Jackie Trad said the project has the potential to generate an immense amount of energy, not only for the Gladstone region, but for the entire State.

"The Palaszczuk Government knows that renewable energy is incredibly important to the economic future of Queensland and this project will be an integral part of this," Ms Trad said.

"This land at Aldoga is equivalent to 160 Suncorp Stadiums and could potentially generate power for up to 130,000 homes.

"Solar, wind or biofuel renewable energies are all possible for this project and we are asking the industry to tell us their ideas for this site."

Solar energy.
Solar energy. Karleila Thomsen

The state currently has 719MW of large scale renewable energy, with a further pipeline of 1,042MW in committed projects and over 3,000MW more on the drawing board.

Minister for Energy Mark Bailey said the largely flat site is an attractive proposition given its close proximity to a cost effective high-voltage network.

"It has the potential to support 450MW of renewable energy and is located adjacent to Powerlink's Larcom Creek substation which means we have the ability to connect the project straight into the grid," Mr Bailey said.

"The substantial scale of this project will also contribute to the Palaszczuk Government's target of achieving 50% renewable energy by 2030."

Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher.
Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher. Paul Braven GLA040117NATION

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher welcomed the government's green light for the project.

"With this significant project we can put the region on the renewable energy map, creating economic uplift and local jobs," Mr Butcher said.

"Already there is strong interest from the energy industry with 60 people taking part in an industry sounding forum."

The Aldoga site will be Economic Development Queensland's flagship renewable energy project and is part of the Queensland Government's Advancing Our Cities and Regions Strategy which aims to renew and repurpose under- utilised state land to generate jobs, and drive economic growth.

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