Queensland announces Australia’s largest solar farm is set for construction in July after Neoen wins deal with CleanCo

Queensland’s Labor premier Anastaccia Palaszczuk announced on Wednesday 6 May 2020 – ahead of the formal unveiling at the Stimulus Summit co-hosted by the Smart Energy Council and RenewEconomy – that it had inked a deal to buy 320MW of the output of the Western Downs Green Power Hub.

The largest solar farm in the country will be built in regional Queensland, promising to create up to 400 jobs and 400 megawatts of renewable energy – enough to power about 235,000 homes.

The Western Downs Green Power Hub, to be managed by renewable generator CleanCo, will be built near Chinchilla, 250 kilometres north-west of Brisbane, with construction to begin in July.

“As our economy emerges from the worst impacts of COVID-19, we need projects ready to go that will create jobs and stimulate spending, especially in regional Queensland,” said Queensland deputy premier Jackie Trad in a statement.

Hear from Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk at the Stimulus Summit: A Renewables-Led Economic Recovery on 6 May 2020.

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