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Whitsunday Regional Council has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement that two local renewable energy projects have been selected to advance to the next stage of the Advancing Renewables Programme.
The Advancing Renewables Programme, an initiative of the Australia Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), supports a broad range of projects that have the potential to lower the cost and increase the long-term use of renewable energy technologies.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the proponents of the two Whitsunday Region projects would now submit a full application to ARENA.
“It is simply outstanding for the Whitsunday Region to have two local renewable energy projects included on a shortlist of just 22 projects nationwide,” Mayor Whitney said.
“The proponents of both projects were required to submit an Expression of Interest to ARENA in 2015, and they will now have the opportunity to progress to the next stage of the programme, which will administer $100 million in funding,” she said.
The Collinsville Solar Power Station project, proposed by RATCH-Australia, is expected to have a capacity of 42.0 megawatts (MW), while the Proserpine-based North Queensland Solar Farm project is projected to have a capacity of 50.0 MW.
“The potential for 92 MW of solar sourced energy to be generated between Collinsville and Proserpine is very exciting, particularly given the Federal and Queensland Governments’ continued focus on developing the renewable energy sector,” Mayor Whitney said.
Further information on the Advancing Renewables Programme can be obtained from the ARENA website.
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