flagship renewable energy project
CLEAN, NON-POLLUTING ENERGY
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
1 in 8 people still do not have access to electricity. In order to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, it is necessary to increase the use of renewable energy from 25 % today to 38 % in 2025.
ACCIONA is positioning itself as a key player in addressing the growth in energy demand while curbing the progress of global warming and promoting the transition to a decarbonized energy model.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
The generation and use of energy is responsible for 74 % of total greenhouse gas emissions in the world. This activity is the largest contributor to global warming. Investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency and other low carbon technologies will continue to be essential to meet the new needs of humanity and to minimise their negative impact on the environment.
ACCIONA considers the fight against climate change and its related effects to be a strategic priority. The Company is working to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in order to contribute to the progress of society and respond to the main challenges of sustainable development in the areas of infrastructure, water and energy, leading the transition to a low-carbon economy.
The Aldoga site will be EDQ’s flagship renewable energy project and is part of the Queensland Government’s Advancing our cities and regions strategy, which aims to renew and repurpose underutilised state land to generate jobs and drive economic growth.
The substantial scale of this project will also contribute significantly to the Queensland Government’s target of achieving 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.
ACCIONA has signed an agreement to lease the land from Economic Development Queensland for the purposes of constructing and operating the Aldoga Solar Farm for a period of 30 years.
- Location: Aldoga, near Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
- Expected Capacity: Up to 480 MW
- Project Value: A$0.5 Billion
- Anticipated construction commencement: Q4 2021
- Anticipated construction duration: 12-18 months
LATEST PROJECT NEWS
Future development of the site would include solar PV modules, module mounting/tracking systems, inverters, step-up transformer and on-site substation, access tracks, construction compound (temporary), underground cabling and permanent monitoring equipment (e.g. met stations).
An overhead electrical transmission line will extend from the site’s substation to the nearby Powerlink 275kV Larcom Creek Terminal Station. The transmission line is likely to be contained within an existing Powerlink easement from the solar farm to the Terminal Station.
The A$0.5 Billion project will generate significant economic activity in the Gladstone Shire and surrounds.
On 27 May 2019, in accordance with section 84E of the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971, the Coordinator-General approved the development application for the Aldoga Solar Farm Project.
On 27 November 2020, Acciona submitted a State Development Application (SDA) MCU to the Coordinator General, Department of State Development of Tourism and Innovation (DSDTI) to facilitate the development of a larger solar farm that utilises additional land. This will allow for the additional solar photovoltaic capacity to increase from 250MWAC to 480 MW.
It is expected that the proposed solar farm development will comprise approximately 1,000,000 solar PV modules. The final layout of solar arrays and associated infrastructure is subject to ongoing detailed design investigation and development.
The project will:
Provide a substantial additional economic focus in the Gladstone region
Generate a construction peak workforce of up to 350 jobs
Provide up to 10 ongoing full-time positions on site once operational
Result in the establishment of a Community Benefits Sharing Plan to strategically deliver added value to the local region over the life cycle of the project
Provide a sustainable and renewable source of energy for the region, with clean energy equivalent to the consumption of around 234,000 homes annually
SUPPLY AND CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES
ACCIONA is committed to supporting local industry participation and is encouraging local suppliers and contractors that are interested in conducting business for the project to register your interest via the email address.