QLD Gov Supports Mega Solar Farm
Solar Citizens congratulates the Queensland Government on the announcement today of their support for the Neoen’s solar farm near Chinchilla in the Western Downs.
"We’re heartened to see movement from the Queensland Government on clean energy, particularly because this will bring much-need jobs and investment to regional Queensland while the economy is struggling," said Ellen Roberts, Solar Citizens' National Director.
"The Queensland Government will need to make many more announcements like this to ensure that we’re on track to meet the 50% renewable energy target by 2030, and to maintain a strong pipeline of construction jobs."
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency also announced today that it would give nearly half a million dollars to the state-owned transmission operator Powerlink to look at grid issues in North Queensland that have prevented solar farms operating at full capacity.
"In the last two months the Queensland Government has supported two projects in the Darling Downs, where transmission is relatively strong. It’s now time to make sure that we plan to upgrade transmission infrastructure across the State, including in North Queensland so that all Queenslanders can benefit from the lower power prices and new jobs that renewables bring," said Ms Roberts.
Media contacts: Ellen Roberts 0408 583 694