Queensland powers on with renewables

Queensland currently has 20 renewable projects totalling 1781 megawatts committed to or under construction that will contribute to its 50 percent renewable target by 2030.

The latest project to be signed off for construction is the Fotowatio Renewable Ventures’ 100 megawatt Lilyvale Solar Farm near Emerald. The project reached financial close with the signing of a power purchase agreement with Ergon Energy in January this year. Construction of the Lilyvale Solar Farm is set to begin shortly, with the farm expected to be grid-connected and fully operational by late 2018.

Powerlink will undertake works to connect what will be Central Queensland’s largest solar farm to its transmission network. This will involve constructing a new substation and building a short transmission line

The pipeline of Queensland renewable projects includes:

Clare Solar Farm (100 MW), Collinsville Power Station (42 MW), Hamilton Solar Farm (57.5 MW), Hughenden Solar Farm (14.2 MW), Kidston solar project (50 MW), Lakeland Solar Farm (10.8 MW), Mount Emerald Wind Farm (180 MW), Normanton Solar Farm (5MW), Ross River Solar Farm (135 MW), Sun Metals Solar Farm (125 MW), Tablelands Sugar Mill stage 2 (24 MW), Whitsunday Solar Farm (57.5 MW), Daydream Solar Farm (150MW), Hayman Solar Farm (50MW), Lilyvale Solar Farm (100MW), Coopers Gap Wind Farm (460MW), Darling Downs Solar Farm (110MW), Longreach Solar Farm (15MW), Oakey Solar Farm (25MW), and Emerald Solar Farm (70MW).

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