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Huge North Queensland hydro and solar project surges towards construction

Staff Writer |
The construction of more than 500 megawatts (MW) of hydro and solar is one step closer after an agreement was signed yesterday between Powerlink and Genex Power Limited to progress Stage 2 of the Kidston Hydro-Solar Project, that combined with stage one will support up to 500 construction jobs.

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Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke welcomed the signing of a Heads of Agreement between the Queensland Government owned Powerlink and Genex.

“This agreement is a significant milestone in the delivery of one of Queensland’s largest renewable projects – the Kidston Hydro-Solar Project,” Ms O’Rourke said.

“The huge stage two of the Kidston Hydro-Solar Project comprises the 250MW Kidston Pumped Hydro Project and the 270MW Kidston Solar Project at the site of the former Kidston Gold Mine in North Queensland.

“It follows the 50 MW Kidston stage one solar farm currently under construction, financially supported by the Palaszczuk Government’s Solar 150 program, which provides a 20 year revenue guarantee.

“Stage one involves approximately 100 construction jobs and in total, both stages will support up to 500 construction jobs and 18 operational positions when online.”

Treasurer and Acting Energy Minister Curtis Pitt said the announcement highlights the Palaszczuk Government commitment to generate 50 per cent of Queensland’s electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030.


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