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The Collinsville Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Station will be located near Collinsville in central Queensland and consist of 180,000 solar PV panels. The project will have a generation capacity of 42.5 megawatts (MW) and supply power equivalent to the annual needs of 15,000 homes once completed.

The project site is in close proximity to the decommission Collinsville coal-fired power station to take advantage of existing electrical infrastructure including substations and Ergon Energy’s distribution network. The project’s environmental and social impacts are minimal.

Construction started in May 2017 and is expected to take 12 months. Alinta Energy will purchase electricity and Large-scale Generation Certificates (LGCs) generated by the farm through to the end of 2030.

Project developer, Ratch Australia Corporation is a leading independent power producer in Australia and owns an increasing portfolio of power generation assets, generating more than 815 MW. These consist of ownership, or an interest in gas power stations and wind farms around Australia. The company started construction of the 180MW Mount Emerald Wind Farm near Mareeba in February 2017.

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Project benefits

With a forecast construction budget of $100 million, the project will make a positive economic contribution to local, regional and national economies. The project will have a peak construction workforce of 120 and employ two permanent staff once complete. Up to 20 staff will be required every six months to clean the solar panels.

Ratch supports a local procurement policy and will promote participation from local, regional and Australian suppliers wherever possible.

The solar farm will insulate the regional electricity market from fluctuations in fuel prices by increasing the diversity of the energy system. In the medium to long term it is hoped that local generation will help to reduce electricity prices by minimising costs associated with transmission of power over long distances from further south.

The project will produce clean energy and have significantly less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fossil fuel generation.

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