Adani, which is now building its contentious $16.5 billion mine in Queensland’s Galilee basin, has announced plans to build a $100 million solar farm in the coal territory of the Bowen Basin.
Adani says it has commenced preliminary work, including cultural heritage surveys and engineering design and has secured orders for critical equipment following approval by Isaac Regional Council.
Work on the 65MW Rugby Run Solar Farm will begin by the end of the year.
“This is an exciting project in terms of its size, location and the technology we are using,” Adani Renewables chief executive Jennifer Purdie said.
The solar farm stands in stark contrast to its coal mine now hanging in the balance with the Government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility considering loaning public money for the proposed rail link from the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland’s Gallilee Basin to the Abbot Point coal port, near the Great Barrier Reef.
Adani, which is building the world’s largest solar plant in India, says it plans to have a number of solar projects in Australia within the next five years with a total capacity of 1500MW.
Adani’s first Australian solar farm will be built on the Rugby Run grazing property and is expected to use the latest mono-PERC technology and single axis tracking systems to improve efficiency and output.
The solar farm is expected to have a generation capacity of up to 170MW.
The project is expected to generate 150 jobs for construction and six for operation.
Construction work is expected to be completed within 12 months.
“We are excited to welcome Rugby Run Solar Farm as the first renewable energy project in the region,” Isaac Mayor Anne Bakersaid.
“The project continues to diversify our local economy, and will contribute towards a sustainable future for both Isaac and the state.”