New construction site will house an ambitious $1.4bn solar-powered building
The construction of a $1 billion solar-based building in Queensland’s remote town of Clune will be the biggest building project in Australia’s history, with a completion date set for late 2019.
The $1bn project is being led by the company behind the world’s largest solar panel project, Clune Solar, which will be located about 600 kilometres (430 miles) south of Townsville.
The company, which is currently building a solar power station at Clune, said the project was set to become the largest solar building in the world when it is complete.
“We are really pleased with the outcome of our project and the work we have been able to do here in Clune,” Clune’s Chief Executive, Dave Crouch, said in a statement.
The project will be built on land currently used by a power station and will be connected to the Queensland Government’s new regional power network, known as Southern Cross. “
The project will generate more than enough energy for more than 20,000 homes.”
The project will be built on land currently used by a power station and will be connected to the Queensland Government’s new regional power network, known as Southern Cross.
“With the power station already running, we are now looking to build on the site and use the new power network for a new renewable energy plant,” Crouch said.
Clune is part of Queensland’s “sunshine state”, with the state ranked fourth in the country for solar capacity in 2020, behind New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.
In October last year, Queensland’s Renewable Energy Agency (RETA) announced it was planning to invest $500 million to install 10 megawatts of solar PV capacity across the state.
The project is the latest in a string of large-scale solar projects in Queensland, with more than 70 other projects already under construction.
The state’s renewable energy target, set at 10 per cent, is being increased to 25 per cent by 2020.
The Queensland Government said that while it had set the target at 20 per cent of electricity, the target was still “too low”.