India’s Adani will launch construction on a solar energy plant at Moranbah in Queensland by the end of the year.
The energy company, which wants to develop the controversial Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin, this week said it would start on the first stage of the Rugby Run Solar Farm, expected to cost more than $100 million, after receiving approval from the Isaac Regional Council.
Construction is expected to take about 12 months.
Adani is planning to develop several solar projects in Australia, with a capacity of 1500MW, in the next five years.
The solar projects are in addition to Adani’s $16.5 billion investment in the planned Carmichael mine, as well as rail and port infrastructure.
Adani Renewables chief executive Jennifer Purdie said the solar project was exciting from a size, location and technology perspective.
“This will be Adani Renewables’ first project – the first of many – and we thank the Isaac Regional Council, in particular Mayor Anne Baker and her officers for their assistance and encouragement,” Purdie said.
The 65MW first stage of the solar farm – to be built on a 600-hectare block that was part of the Rugby Run grazing property – is expected to use the latest mono-PERC technology and single axis tracking systems developed to improve efficiency and output.
Further stages are planned to take the generation capacity up to 170MW.
Adani chairman Gautam Adani gave the Carmichael coal and rail project the go ahead in June. He expects the Carmichael development to generate 10,000 direct and indirect jobs, with construction due to start next month.