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Q1As a local business, how do I get involved in the project?

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Global diversified services company UGL, a member of CIMIC Group, has been appointed to construct the project. The company shares Ratch’s commitment to promote local participation in the project. Job offers and work packages are to be advertised on the major projects Industry Capability Network (ICN) Gateway. Alternatively, you may email Ratch an expression of interest to info@ratchaustralia.com

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Q2What types of contracts and jobs will be made available during construction?

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Construction will involve truck and crane operators; concrete pourers; road construction crews; mechanical and electrical engineers; site supervisors of operations, including safety and environmental officers; specialist and general electrical technicians; mechanical technical staff.

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Q3What are the economic impacts of the projects?

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The Collinsville Solar PV Project will make a positive economic contribution to local, regional and national economies. Local communities and businesses will become stronger and more resilient as part of our $100 million investment in the project which will create new jobs for both skilled and unskilled workers, and grow the order books of companies in the region. The establishment of a new local industry will also promote skills and diversification of the local workforce.

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Q4Do renewable energy projects increase domestic power bills?

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Investment in renewable energy does not inflate household power bills. The increase in generation actually puts downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices. All things considered, the cost of supplying solar and wind generated energy into the market is comparable to the long run cost of fossil fuel based energies. In addition, there are no input costs for wind or solar energy. Wind and sunlight are free.

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Q5How does a solar photovoltaic farm generate electricity?

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Solar panels are placed in a position that allows them to capture the most sunlight. The photovoltaic cells absorb radiant energy from sunlight and convert the energy into direct current (DC) electricity. The DC electricity is then sent to an inverter to be converted to alternating current (AC) electricity. This power is then transmitted via a substation into the National Electricity Grid for use by consumers. The solar technology used in the farm is very similar to those that are installed on household rooftops around the country.

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Q6How many homes will be powered by the solar farm?

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The project will supply power equivalent to the annual needs of 15,000 homes. This is equivalent to all the homes in the Whitsunday region.

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Ratch would be pleased to answer any question you may have about the construction and operation of the Collinsville Solar PV Farm. Please direct any questions to gareth.quinn@ratchaustralia.com

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