Queensland’s state government has approved plans for a solar powered $308 million abattoir near Gladstone, consisting of a meat processing plant and an adjacent 340-hectare solar farm.
The solar-powered facility will make beef processing far more viable by lowering electricity running costs. Excess wastewater and solar power would be collected to create an onsite hydrogen plant.
Once running, the 78-megawatt solar farm will have the capacity to process up to 2,400 head of cattle per day. The project, set to create over 600 jobs for the region, is set to start construction mid-next year, with the plant being ready by 2021.