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$400m energy project wins purchase deal securing 200 jobs

FRV solar panel
FRV solar panel

The proponent behind a $400 million renewable energy development in Central Queensland has reached a major deal with the State Government, securing the future of hundreds of jobs.

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures Services Australia (FRV Australia) recently secured a 12 year power purchase agreement with the government-owned part of Energy Queensland, Ergon Energy Retail. The deal involves supplying 100MW of renewable energy to the electricity grid from Lilyvale Solar Farm, 50km northeast of Emerald. The energy will power about 45,000 homes.

“This agreement will deliver a significant new source of clean energy to business and residential customers,” FRV managing director Cameron Garnsworthy says.

QMEB can confirm construction will start later this year, creating about 200 jobs.

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“[This] agreement with the Lilyvale Solar Farm is consistent with the State Government’s commitment of meeting our 50 per cent by 2030 Renewable Energy Target. The State Government is providing leadership in the area of renewable energy policy,” State Energy Minister Mark Bailey says.

“We are taking a planned and measured approach to increasing the level of renewable energy in our energy mix which is leading to investment and jobs, particularly in regional Queensland – while maintaining affordability for consumers. The State Government is turning the Sunshine State into the Solar State, and this is proof of our progress,”

Ergon Energy Retail separately signed a power purchase agreement for the 170MW Mount Emerald Wind Farm, as well as sugar mills and a range of other renewable energy generators.

“More than $1 billion of renewable energy projects are in the pipeline for Queensland … once built, these projects will effectively double the state’s large-scale renewable energy capacity,” State Treasurer Curtis Pitt says.

“Energy Queensland will continue to investigate additional renewable energy generation projects to contribute to our target of 50 per cent of energy coming from renewable sources by 2030. Agreements like this are possible because our electricity assets remain owned by the people of Queensland.”



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