Queensland gets approval for 141MW of utility-scale solar
Author: Darvin Tocmo Date Posted:10 July 2017
Two utility-scale solar farms will make its way to north Queensland. The 141MW total of the farms will boost the state’s already impressive solar potential.
Queensland is indeed Australia’s Sunshine State. It showed great potential in photovoltaic systems over the years. And recently, two more utility-scale solar projects got council approvals to power the state. Queensland surely knows how to harness the sun’s power.
The new solar farms will see development in north Queensland, specifically in Clare and Tieri. Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) will head the construction of the projects. Together, the farms will produce 141MW of solar energy.
FRV’s utility-scale solar projects
The global solar company FRV is not new to utility-scale solar. In fact, they have New South Wales’ Moree and Royalla solar farms in their portfolio. They are also familiar with Queensland. They are behind the ongoing 125MW Clare Solar Farm project which is also located in northern Queensland.
The new projects will definitely improve their solar portfolio by more than fifty percent. Aside from the Clare farm, they got the 125MW Lilyvale Solar Farm project. Combined, FRV boasts of 281MW of solar projects in Queensland alone. But while these projects are already approved, construction is yet to start.
Clare II and Tieri solar farms
The 45MW Clare II Solar Farm and 96MW Tieri Solar Farm will produce the 141MW total. Clare II is near the first Clare farm, hence the name. The Burdekin Shire Council signed its approval in June. As for Tieri, the Central Highlands Regional Council signed for its construction in late May.
Apparently, FRV is not the only developer interested in turning Queensland into a solar hub. ESCO Pacific supposedly got the approval for 470MW of utility-scale solar. This is in addition to the company’s 148MW Ross River Solar Farm project near Townsville.
Currently, Queensland has 17 solar farms undergoing construction, according to data from Renewable Energy. The state is also anticipating another 34 solar projects. With such growth, it’s not hard to imagine Queensland clutching the top spot in Australia’s solar states.