New 600MW Smoky Creek solar approved for Queensland

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The federal government has approved a new solar farm in Smoky Creek, Central Queensland, that will generate enough energy to power 200,000 households, while cutting carbon emissions by a million tonnes, each and every year.

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The Smoky Creek solar farm will generate more than one million megawatt hours per annum of renewable energy—enough to power more than 200,000 households. It will also stop almost one million tonnes of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere each year—equivalent to taking around 310,000 cars off the road every year.

As well as being an important part of Australia’s transition to renewables, this solar farm will also boost the local economy with a plan for at least half of jobs and procurement associated with the project to be filled locally.

The project has been approved following assessment under Australia’s environment law, with strict conditions to protect the local environment and minimise impact to nearby land and waterways.

Minister for the Environment and Water Tanya Plibersek said, “Australia can be a renewable energy superpower, and projects like this help us get there. We have the right conditions, the technology, and the passion to make the most of these opportunities. It will help transform our economy and better protect our environment.

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“We know renewable energy is cheaper, cleaner and crucial to helping us cut emissions and reach our goal of net zero by 2050.”

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