Phase Two of Kidston Hydro-Solar project set to proceed

Queensland's renewable power industry will see a major step forward following the signing of an agreement between Powerlink and Genex Power Limited to progress stage two of the Kidston Hydro-Solar Project.

Stage two of the Kidston Hydro-Solar Project comprises the 250MW Kidston Pumped Hydro Project and the 270MW Kidston Solar Project, co-located at the site of the former Kidston Gold Mine in North Queensland.

The Kidston Solar Project (Phase Two 270MW) is anticipated to generate 783GWh of renewable electricity per year.

The 50 MW Kidston stage one solar farm is currently under construction, and is predicted to generate 145GWh of renewable electricity per year .

The stage two agreement allows Powerlink to commence early project works including a targeted environmental study, design works, and further engagement with landholders and stakeholders about the transmission line route required for the project.

State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the agreement follows the project receiving critical infrastructure status from the Queensland Government.

“Prescribed project powers and critical infrastructure status allows Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General to employ special powers to help deliver project and ensure timely approvals,” Dr Lynham said.

“We are leading the nation in large-scale renewable energy projects under construction or starting in 2017 – we have the most megawatts, most investment and most jobs," he said.

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