Qld celebrates opening of Australia’s largest solar farm

Aerial shot of Western Downs Green Power Hub (coles cleanco)
Western Downs Green Power Hub

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visited Australia’s largest solar farm yesterday, located in Queensland’s Western Downs region, to mark the end of construction on the mega project.

Totalling over 1 million solar panels, the 400MW Western Downs Green Power Hub has the capacity to power the equivalent of 235,000 Queensland homes and is connected to the Queensland SuperGrid by a new 275kV line built by Powerlink.

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Located near Chinchilla, the Queensland Government’s publicly owned CleanCo Queensland has signed a power purchase agreement with owners Neoen for 80% of the power generated at the site.

The completion of panel installation will allow the final testing and commissioning phase of the project to begin to get it to full capacity.

Construction of the project has also delivered a huge boost to Queensland’s regional economies, with an estimated $800 million in economic activity.

The solar farm is another major investment towards delivering 70% renewable energy by 2032 under the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said, “Queensland is leading the charge with renewable power so it’s no surprise that the sunshine state is now home to the largest solar farm in the country.

“Our government has made it clear that Queensland homes will be powered by renewable energy from solar farms just like this one through the SuperGrid.

“I’m pleased we can deliver clean, reliable and affordable energy to every Queenslander because we own our power lines and the majority of power generation”.

CleanCo CEO Tom Metcalfe said, “The renewable energy generated by the Western Downs Green Power Hub will supply some of CleanCo’s biggest customers including Coles and BHP.

“Projects like these complement CleanCo’s portfolio of fast ramping, flexible gas and hydro generators to provide our customers with 24/7 reliable clean energy.

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“We are proud to support renewable energy projects like the Western Downs Green Power Hub that deliver great local employment opportunities and economic outcomes in regional Queensland.

“The renewable solar energy generated here in Queensland’s Western Downs will contribute to the long-term sustainability of Queensland industries and communities, helping them to thrive in a net zero future.”

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