A major energy company has announced it will purchase 100 per cent of the energy generated by North Queensland’s Clare Solar Farm.
Origin Energy will purchase energy generated by the solar farm to provide solar power to Queensland’s communities and industries.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said Origin’s announcement further boosts the State’s credentials as a leader in renewable energy generation.
“This solar farm, located 35km from Ayr, bolsters Origin’s ability to provide North Queensland with a ready and reliable supply of renewable energy,” Ms Trad said.
“Under this commitment Origin has committed to purchasing all generated energy from the solar farm for 13 years.
“This is just the latest development in Queensland’s renewable energy sector and I look forward to the benefits its growth will continue to bring to our great State.”
Queensland Minister for Energy Mark Bailey said long-term commitments from energy providers such as this puts Queensland on the front foot for more investment in this vital sector.
“The Palaszczuk Government’s renewable energy agenda is encouraging investment in Queensland that will develop a renewable energy economy for our State,” Mr Bailey said.
“We are on our way to turning the Sunshine State into the Solar State, to create jobs for regional Queensland and act on climate change.
“The Government is helping to enable projects like this –Powerlink is also working with Clare Solar Farm regarding a proposed connection to the grid through Powerlink’s existing Clare South substation.”