Ergon Energy has entered a 12-year Power Purchase Agreement with the 100MW Lilyvale Solar Farm in Central Queensland.
The Lilyvale Solar Farm is being established by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures Services Australia, about 50 kilometres North-East of Emerald.
Energy Minister Mark Bailey, who made the announcement while visiting Emerald earlier this week, said the project will create around 200 jobs during construction and will power approximately 45,000 homes.
“We are taking a planned and measured approach to increasing the level of renewable energy in our energy mix which is leading to investment and jobs, particularly in regional Queensland – while maintaining affordability for consumers,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Palaszczuk Government is turning the Sunshine State into the Solar State, and this is proof of our progress,”
FRV managing director Cameron Garnsworthy said the company was delighted to be working with the Queensland Government.
“This agreement will deliver a significant new source of clean energy to business and residential customers,” Mr Garnsworthy said.