Local solar projects to shine on funding shortlist


With all of the sun that North Queensland gets, it may as well be put to good use and two local renewable energy projects are trying to do just that.

Both the Collinsville Solar Power Station Project and the Proserpine based North Queensland Solar Farm have been shortlisted to potentially receive additional funding under the Advancing Renewables Programme.

An initiative of the Australia Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), this programme supports projects that could potentially lower the cost and increase the long term use of renewable energy technologies.

There will be $100million in funding from the Australian Government under the scheme and Mayor Jenny Whitney feels as though this is a great opportunity for the region.

“It is simply outstanding for the Whitsunday Region to have two local renewable energy projects included on a shortlist of just 22 projects nationwide,” she says.

“The potential for 92 MW of solar sourced energy to be generated between Collinsville and Proserpine is very exciting, particularly given the Federal and Queensland Governments’ continued focus on developing the renewable energy sector.”

The Collinsville project, proposed by RATCH-Australia is expected to have a 42 megawatts (MY) capacity and the Proserpine one is going to be slightly larger at 50MW.

Overall 10 of the 22 shortlisted proposals are from Queensland which is does push the “Sunshine State” tagline.