A solar energy power station, capable of generating up to 10MW, will open on the Sunshine Coast in 2019.
The plant, at the eastern end of the Gold Coast, is part of the first of a new generation of solar power stations in Australia, which are expected to generate more than $1 billion annually for the region.
The first of the stations, called the Sunshade Power Station, will be located at Woyra, in Woyraria National Park, and is part-owned by the Sunshine State Government and will provide solar energy to the local community.
Solar panels will provide electricity for the local business community.
The project has been approved by the Queensland Government and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
“The Gold Coast has a lot of opportunity to become the world leader in solar power,” said Mayor of Gold Coast Mayor Peter Mennell.
“We are proud to be the first to launch the next generation of Sunshades, with this innovative solar technology that will help to create jobs and revitalise our communities.”
Mr Mennel said the facility would provide more than 10MW of electricity to the community.
“This is a big step forward for our community, the Sunshine Region, and the region as a whole,” he said.
“I’m confident the project will help drive further job creation, tourism and economic growth in the region.”
The project is expected to be complete by 2020.
The station will be able to produce up to 5.5MW, which will provide about $3.5 million in annual benefits to the Sunshine Peninsula, the Gold Rush, and to the surrounding area.
“Our local community, businesses, businesses and residents will benefit as a result of the solar power generation, as well as our national economy,” Mr Mennells said.
The Queensland Government’s Department of Energy and Mines is also funding the project with a $300,000 grant.
“Solar Power is a great opportunity to generate jobs and economic activity in the Sunshine,” Minister for Infrastructure and Infrastructure Adam Bandt said.