Development Application approved for Rodds Bay Solar Farm
Australian renewable energy company Renew Estate has been granted planning approval to build Rodds Bay Solar Farm, a 300 megawatt (MW) project located approximately 50 kilometres south of Gladstone, near the town of Bororen.
Rodds Bay will be one of the largest solar farms in Australia, providing enough renewable energy to power approximately 88,000 homes. Construction is expected to commence in late 2018 and the project will be fully operational in Q1 2020.
Director Simon Currie stated that the Rodds Bay project will play a pivotal role in the development of Gladstone as the energy capital of Queensland, and will provide substantial opportunities to local businesses, contractors and workers.
Mr Currie said that “Renew Estate is committed to delivering tangible, meaningful and enduring benefits to the people, the businesses and the communities who are our neighbours.
“At its peak, a solar farm of this size requires about 300 workers on site. We will collaborate with local training organisations to ensure local job-seekers have the skills needed to construct and operate a solar farm, and we will prioritise the employment of locals in enduring roles once the project is operational.
“More generation and competition mean lower power prices and Renew Estate looks forward to delivering the cheap solar energy produced by this project to consumers and businesses in the greater Gladstone area.”
Mark Hogan, Managing Director of Wirsol Energy – a major shareholder of Renew Estate – said “Wirsol Energy owns the largest portfolio of solar PV projects in Australia. We are committed to Queensland and have over 200MW in operation and construction already in the state. This is an exciting time for the solar industry in Australia and Rodds Bay will help us quickly reach our target of 1GW in Australia.”