ACCIONA Energía has announced the commencement of construction for the Aldoga Solar Farm in Australia, featuring a 380MW capacity and a $500 million investment, set to begin in Q1 2024.
Situated 20km northwest of Gladstone on the central Queensland coast, the solar farm is connected to a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Queensland’s Stanwell Corporation.
Stanwell intends to utilize all Aldoga-generated energy for its Central Queensland Hydrogen (CQ-H2) project, expected to commence commercial operations in 2028.
Aldoga’s construction is expected to create a peak workforce of 350 jobs over the 18-month construction period.
Expected to supply nearly 185,000 homes with clean electricity and mitigate around 934,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, the Aldoga Solar Farm plays a crucial role in advancing Queensland’s decarbonisation efforts.
According to the QLD government, the solar farm will leverage the strengths of the region’s key industries, including agriculture, construction, minerals processing, and manufacturing.
Deputy-Premier Steven Miles noted, “Queensland is progressing toward our target of 70 per cent renewable energy by 2032,” emphasising the Aldoga Solar Farm’s significant role in this endeavour.
“This project injects $150 million into the local economy and creates 350 construction jobs, demonstrating that the manufacturing of clean energy and green hydrogen offers significant employment opportunities for regional Queensland,” Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said.