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- ACCIONA Energía has today signed a ‘Statement of Cooperation’ with the Queensland Government to unlock development and investment opportunities in the Central Queensland region.
The Statement is a high-level agreement between businesses and the Queensland Government to work collaboratively and transparently to create new jobs, deliver on environmental commitments and further develop the region as an industrial and advanced manufacturing powerhouse.
Speaking at the signing, ACCIONA Energía Managing Director Brett Wickham, said Central Queensland was a region of great potential for renewable energy.
“Central Queensland has enormous opportunities for renewable energy to create new jobs in the region and can supercharge the area’s economic growth,” said Mr Wickham.
“The highly skilled workforce already in the area and the designated Renewable Energy Zone make Central Queensland a desirable place to invest and do business.”
In late 2021, ACCIONA Energía signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Queensland’s Stanwell Corporation to supply renewable energy from ACCIONA’s planned Aldoga Solar Farm directly to Stanwell’s proposed hydrogen plant near Aldoga.
The Aldoga Solar Farm will be constructed within the Gladstone State Development Area, 20km outside of Gladstone creating hundreds of jobs during its construction phase.
“Between our MOU with Stanwell Corporation and signing the Statement of Cooperation we have made a strategic long-term commitment to the future of Central Queensland,” said Mr Wickham.
ACCIONA Global Chairman and CEO José Manuel Entrecanales said that Queensland was leading the way in delivering globally competitive energy solutions.
“Between renewable energy infrastructure commitments and the green hydrogen opportunities being developed, Queensland is demonstrating that renewable energy can deliver a sustainable zero net emissions industrial and manufacturing powerhouse,” said Mr Entrecanales.
At the signing Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said there are now four companies working together with the state government through the Statement of Cooperation to ensure Queensland can benefit from the global shift towards decarbonisation.
“The world is starting to realise the natural advantage Queensland has in the renewable space and that we are ready for renewable investment right now,” Mr Miles said.
ACCIONA Energía has signed an agreement for lease with Economic Development Queensland for land within the Gladstone State Development Area for the purposes of constructing and operating the Aldoga Solar Farm for a period of 30 years.
“When we invest in a project we commit for the long-term and strive to integrate ourselves within the community and giving back to those that support us,” said Mr Wickham.
To learn more about the Aldoga Solar Farm, click here.
William Churchill – Communications & Government Relations Manager
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