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ACCIONA’s Aldoga solar farm integral to renewable energy supply chain opportunities.

ACCIONA Energía has joined the companies signing the Central Queensland Statement of Cooperation to work with the State Government to boost renewable energy opportunities.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said four companies – Rio Tinto Australia, Alpha HPA, Orica and ACCIONA – had now signed up.

“The world is starting to realise the natural advantage Queensland has in renewable energy and manufacturing and that we are ready for renewable investment right now,” Mr Miles said.

“We are working with industry to unlock more opportunities for Queensland to decarbonise and create jobs, starting in Central Queensland.

“The Statement of Cooperation outlines our commitment to making Central Queensland a renewable energy powerhouse.”

ACCIONA Energía last year entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the Stanwell Corporation to power Stanwell’s planned hydrogen facility with ACCIONA Energía’s renewable energy.

A consortium led by Stanwell Corporation is implementing a feasibility study of the Central Queensland Hydrogen Project (CQH2).

ACCIONA projects include the proposed $500 million Aldoga solar farm, to be located north-west of Gladstone. 

Related: Connecting Renewable Energy Conference Queensland.

ACCIONA Energía managing director Brett Wickham said Central Queensland was a region of great potential for renewable energy.

“Central Queensland has enormous opportunities for renewable energy to create new jobs in the region and can supercharge the area’s economic growth,” Mr Wickham said.

“Between our MOU with Stanwell Corporation and signing the Statement of Cooperation we have made a strategic long-term commitment to the future of Central Queensland.”

The government says the Statement of Cooperation will secure the future competitiveness of Queensland, adding value to a natural energy advantage to drive employment and economic outcomes.

“Our ambitious target to get to net zero emissions by 2050 is creating huge opportunities with more jobs in more industries right along the renewable energy supply chain,” Mr Miles said.

This article first appeared in Industry Queensland.

Brett Wickham, ACCIONA.

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