Acciona to build 265 MW PV project in Australia

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Acciona Energy SA has been selected to transform 1,250 hectares of Australian underutilized state-owned land at Aldoga, near Gladstone, Queensland, into a 265 MWac solar energy project. According to the Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, »Acciona Energy will develop, finance, construct and operate a $500 million solar farm through a 30-year lease with the Queensland Government.« As part of the agreements, Acciona Energy will also establish a community benefits fund of between $50,000 to $120,000 per year, representing between $1.5 million to $3.6 million over the 30-year lease, to be provided to local clubs, associations and community groups in the region. Construction may begin in the second half of next year, and electricity generation in the second half of 2020, says the ministry.
According to Energy Minister Anthony Lynham, over the past 18 months, five large-scale solar projects have commenced operations bringing the total operational capacity of renewable energy in Queensland to more than 780 MW. »Another 23 large-scale projects, totaling 2,200 MW, are currently financially committed or under construction.« These projects will create almost 3600 jobs during construction and boost investment by around $4.2 billion.

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