Landry backs solar farm for Moranbah
Adani will invest $200 million in a solar farm
The site is 20km from Moranbah
It will generate several hundred construction jobs
And 100 megawatts of power for the grid
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry says a $200 million solar farm planned for Moranbah will created new jobs and provide a welcome shot in the arm for the mining town – normally reliant on coal.
Adani Energy Company will build the solar plant on 600 hectares of otherwise unproductive grazing land on a local cattle property about 20km from Moranbah.
“This is welcome news for the region that will generate hundreds of jobs during the construction phase and maintenance jobs once the plant is fully operational,” Ms Landry said.
The MP, currently in Parliament in Canberra, has been briefed on the project by Adani executives.
“The power generated will be significant and this project, along with the Adani Carmichael coal project, demonstrates the company is committed to Queensland and job creation.”
Ms Landry said the company expects construction to begin on the solar farm in mid-2017.
The Federal Government has a policy of transitioning the economy from being resources heavy to a future of innovation and technology and this is one type of project that meets this goal, Ms Landry said.