The State Government is seeking expressions of interest from industry to transform a 1248ha site near Gladstone into a major renewable energy hub.
The Aldoga site will be Economic Development Queensland’s flagship renewable energy project and is part of the Queensland Government’s Advancing Our Cities and Regions Strategy which aims to re-purpose underutilised state land to generate jobs, and drive economic growth
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the project had the potential to generate an immense amount of energy, not only for the Gladstone region, but for the entire State.
“The Palaszczuk Government knows that renewable energy is incredibly important to the economic future of Queensland and this project will be an integral part of this,” Ms Trad said.
“This land at Aldoga is equivalent to 160 Suncorp Stadiums and could potentially generate power for up to 130,000 homes.
“Solar, wind or biofuel renewable energies are all possible for this project and we are asking the industry to tell us their ideas for this site.”
The state currently has 719MW of large-scale renewable energy, with a further pipeline of 1042MW in committed projects and over 3000MW more on the drawing board.
Energy Minister Mark Bailey said the largely flat site was an attractive proposition given its close proximity to a cost-effective high-voltage network.
“It has the potential to support 450MW of renewable energy and is located adjacent to Powerlink’s Larcom Creek substation which means we have the ability to connect the project straight into the grid,” Mr Bailey said.
“The substantial scale of this project will also contribute to the Palaszczuk Government’s target of achieving 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.”
The expressions of interest will close on May 24, 2017.
Further details are available at: www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/aldoga.