Australian solar developer ESCO Pacific has a raft of new solar farms in the pipeline for Queensland, with a total installed capacity of 320MW – capable of generating electricity to power 150,000 households.
In July 2016, ESCO Pacific received approval for its 135MW Ross River Solar Farm near Townsville. The company says construction at Ross River is due to commence in early 2017.
Planning consent has also been received for:
- The 110MW Rollingstone Solar Farm, which has been approved by Townsville City Council. The proposed project generated a significant level of interest from the community during the approval process, particularly for local employment opportunities. After several public consultation meetings, the project received zero objections.
- The 80MW Childers Solar Farm, which has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. This $125 million project is expected to generate enough electricity to power 40,000 average Australian households and is expected to create about 100 jobs during construction, along with five full-time and 10 part-time positions when operational.
- The 125MW Susan River Solar Farm, which has been approved by Fraser Coast Regional Council.
The approvals mean that ESCO Pacific is rapidly advancing towards its 1GW development goal by 2020.
“Our team is growing, learning and improving every time we reach a new project milestone,” ESCO Pacific managing director Steve Rademaker said.
“We consulted heavily with the three councils, community members and contractors to ensure optimal design outcomes for the Rollingstone, Childers and Susan River solar farms.
“We can now increase our focus on progressing the grid connection studies which commenced some time ago.
“In addition to the significant contribution to renewable energy generation, we are excited to be working on projects that will create jobs and investment in the region.”
ESCO Pacific has a number of other projects in various planning stages, and will continue to build a pipeline which will deliver significant contributions towards Australia’s Renewable Energy Targets.