Rodds Bay Solar Farm to Generate Hundreds of Jobs

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Image Credit: Rodds Bay Solar

Queensland is set to receive a new large-scale solar farm around Gladstone later this year, with construction expected to begin in the second half of 2020.

The news comes after a Notice to Proceed (NTP) was issued to local transmission company, Powerlink, under its connection agreement with Renew Estate, the project developer.

“We have enjoyed a close working relationship with Powerlink over the past 2 ½ years and are very happy to be moving into the next stage of this project. I would like to thank the entire Powerlink team for working so collaboratively with us to realise the project, even amidst the exceptional challenges we have all faced over the past few weeks,” Renew Estate Director Tom Harrison said.

The works will become one of Australia’s biggest solar projects. The 300MWdc solar farm will be connected to a 275kV transmission network just south of Gladstone, located in between Rodds Bay and Bororen.

A massive 82MW 164MWh battery storage is included on site, which was granted planning approval by the Gladstone Regional Council.

“We continue to passionately believe that this project will deliver significant and impactful benefits not just to Gladstone, but also the wider regional economy in Queensland across 2020 and 2021. Our vision for this solar farm has always been to create positive and enduring social and economic legacies, including the creation of hundreds of jobs during construction.

“Renew Estate’s commitment since the beginning of this project to use local service providers, contractors and industry remains steadfast. We currently have nearly 400 businesses and individuals on our database who have registered an interest in the construction or operational phase of the solar farm. This project can play a part in transitioning the local skilled workforce and build resiliency in this critical region for the Queensland economy,” Renew Estate Director Simon Currie said.

As well as signing a connection agreement with Powerlink earlier in the year, the large-scale renewable energy project has passed the necessary tests that relate to system strength and generator performance standards.

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