Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Work starts on new Queensland renewable energy project

Kidston Solar Project in North Queensland

23 February 2016 –

Work has started on the $126 million Kidston Solar Project in North Queensland.

This is a particularly exciting project because it takes an old disused gold mine and turns it into one of Australia’s biggest renewable energy generators; combining solar and hydro electricity.

Stage one which started this week, has 100 workers building 537,000 photovoltaic solar panels which, when finished will pump up to 50 megawatts of solar energy into Queensland’s grid.

And this is just the beginning, stage two will add an extra 270 megawatts of solar and a 1,500 megawatt-hour hydro storage facility.

This project is a key part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to source 50% of our electricity needs from renewables by 2030.

It’s also part of more than $2 billion of new investment in Queensland and more than 1,900 direct jobs, mostly in our regions – with more to come.

For more information about the Kidston power project read www.dranthonylynham.com.au/recycling-an-old-gold-mine-into-a-renewable-energy-project