Combined, the six projects are expected to generate enough renewable energy to power 120,000 homes.
Combined, the six projects are expected to generate enough renewable energy to power 120,000 homes. Contributed

Jobs boost: Mackay region to get two new solar farms

SIX "large-scale" solar generation projects will be built in Queensland. 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for Energy Mark Bailey announced the projects would provide 300 megawatts of renewable energy generation capacity and create more than 500 direct jobs and hundreds more indirect jobs in parts of regional Queensland, including in the Mackay region.

Combined, the projects are expected to generate enough renewable energy to power 120,000 homes.

"My government promised to establish a large-scale renewable energy industry - to act on climate change while creating new jobs and diversifying our economy - which is why the (Australian Renewable Energy Agency's) funding decision is great news for Queensland," Ms Palaszczuk said.  

"The competitiveness of so many Queensland projects in the ARENA process has been assisted by my government's financial support, which I am pleased to announce has further increased to 150 MW." 

Mr Bailey said ARENA would provide upfront capital grants to support the development of six new large-scale solar projects right across Queensland, with construction set to begin early next year. 

The six Queensland-based solar projects to receive ARENA support are:

  • Whitsunday Solar Farm - 58 megawatt generation capacity
  • Kidston Solar Project - 50 megawatt generation capacity
  • Oakey Solar Farm - 25 megawatt generation capacity
  • Longreach Solar Farm - 15 megawatt generation capacity
  • Darling Downs Solar Farm - 107 megawatt generation capacity
  • Collinsville Solar Farm - 42 megawatt generation capacity

"The Whitsunday, Kidston, Oakey and Longreach Solar Farms have also been successful in securing State Government support through long-term revenue contracts," Mr Bailey said.

"This expanded support represents nearly 150 MW, almost four times the capacity of our election commitment to a 40 MW reverse auction.



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