So­lar Park to cre­ate hun­dreds of jobs

Central Queensland News - - NEWS -

RES Aus­tralia has this week an­nounced that con­struc­tion of the Emer­ald So­lar Park will start im­me­di­ately with hun­dreds of jobs to be cre­ated di­rectly and in­di­rectly over the next year.

RES Aus­tralia Project De­vel­op­ment Man­ager Re­becca Meek said this week — as the project reached fi­nan­cial close for both eq­uity and debt — that the So­lar Park would cre­ate 150-200 direct jobs and 320 in­di­rect po­si­tions in the Cen­tral High­lands. It is pro­jected to make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the Queens­land Govern­ment’s tar­get of 50% re­new­able en­ergy by 2030.

Ms Meek said Light­house In­fra­struc­ture had ac­quired 100% of the So­lar Park project through its Light­house So­lar Fund.

The park, to be built on the west side of Emer­ald, will be set on 160 hectares and will be one of the largest re­new­able en­ergy sources in north­ern Aus­tralia with the in­stal­la­tion of up to 275,000 so­lar pan­els.

Ms Meek said RES Aus­tralia would un­der­take both Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment and As­set Man­age­ment ser­vices on be­half of Light­house, which had ap­pointed RCR O’Don­nell Grif­fin to con­struct the project.

She said it was ex­pected the So­lar Park would take less than 12 months to com­plete and when fin­ished, would pro­vide up to 68 MWac of gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity into the Queens­land grid, pro­duc­ing enough elec­tric­ity to power the equiv­a­lent of up to 35,000 house­holds.

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