The 100MW Lilyvale Solar Project, located near Emerald, will begin construction after reaching financial close this week.
The large-scale solar project, develop by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), will create 200 construction jobs for the region.
“The financial close for Lilyvale Solar Farm follows FRV’s 100MW Clare Solar Farm in North Queensland, and follows the company securing a power purchase agreement for the Lilyvale project with Ergon Energy in January this year,” Energy Minister Mark Bailey said.
“I congratulate FRV for reaching yet another Queensland milestone, this is yet another project which will bring Queensland closer to reaching the Government’s 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.
“Construction of the Lilyvale Solar Farm is set to begin shortly, with the farm expected to be grid-connected and fully operational by late 2018. Once operational, the solar farm will generate enough electricity to power around 45,000 Queensland homes.
“It is one of 20 renewable projects totalling 1781MW committed to or under construction in Queensland.”
Powerlink will undertake works to connect what will be Central Queensland’s largest solar farm to its transmission network.
Powerlink chief executive Merryn York said the transmission network played an important role in facilitating the growth of renewable energy in Queensland, helping to deliver a lower carbon future.
“Powerlink currently has 11 new large-scale generators committed to connect to the Queensland transmission network, representing more than 1600MW of solar and wind generation,” Ms York said.
“We look forward to the opportunity to work on FRV’s second solar farm connection in Queensland.”
Powerlink will construct a new substation and build a short transmission line connection as part of the connection works.