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    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Origin solar commitment boosts Queensland’s solar culture

    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Thursday, May 05, 2016

    Origin solar commitment boosts Queensland’s solar culture

    Queensland’s solar credentials have taken another leap forward with a proposed large-scale solar farm partnering with Origin Energy to provide solar power to Queensland’s communities and industries.

    Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said Origin Energy’s announcement to purchase 100 percent of the energy generated by Clare Solar Farm in North Queensland further boosted the State’s credentials as a leader in renewable energy generation.

    “This solar farm, located 35km from Ayr bolsters Origin’s ability to provide North Queensland with a ready and reliable supply of renewable energy,” Ms Trad.

    “Under this commitment Origin has committed to purchasing all generated energy from the solar farm for 13 years.

    “This is just the latest development in Queensland’s renewable energy sector and I look forward to the benefits its growth will continue to bring to our great State.”

    Minister for Energy Mark Bailey said long-term commitments from energy providers such as thisputs Queensland on the front foot for more investment in this vital sector.

    “The Palaszczuk Government’s renewable energy agenda is encouraging investment in Queensland that will develop a renewable energy economy for our State,” Mr Bailey said.

    “We are on our way to turning the Sunshine State into the Solar State, to create jobs for regional Queensland and act on climate change.     

    “The Government is helping to enable projects like this –Powerlink is working with Clare Solar Farm regarding a proposed connection to the grid through Powerlink’s existing Clare South substation.

    “This is no thanks to the Abbott-Turnbull government’s wishy-washy renewable energy policy.

    “I congratulate Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) and Origin Energy for reaching this agreement, this is yet another step towards reaching the Palaszczuk government’s 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.”

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