Canberra jobs: $26m solar boost01 August 2016 by News Desk
Canberra jobs: skilled work will be created at the new facility, the first of its kind to be built in Australia.
Canberra jobs: Employment prospects are rising in the renewable energy industry as Australia moves increasingly into a carbon-free future.
The new ‘green’ energy facility will be a national first – a hybrid wind and solar farm. Both methods of generating power will be linked together in one place, producing major cost savings as well as plentiful electricity.
The new solar energy plant will be built and operated alongside the existing Gullen Range wind farm outside Canberra.
The 10MW photovoltaic plant will generate 22,000 MWh of electricity every year, enough power to supply around 3,000 homes.
Plant operators say combining the two renewable energy technologies will boost annual power output to the Australian capital and bring major cost savings.
Construction costs alone will be slashed by around 20 per cent as a result of combining the two energy generating facilities.
More money will be saved as the two separate plants will only need one generator connection to the national grid. Connecting to the grid is expensive and these saving could be passed on to customers.
Canberra jobs boost
“The renewable energy industry in Australia is growing every month and skilled workers are needed in order to meet government ‘green’ energy and environmental targets”, says Darrell Todd, founder of thinkingaustralia.
“The success of this new wind-solar plant will not only provide clean power to the city, it will show that small-scale green energy plants are commercially viable.
“The new hybrid facility proves that renewable energy power generation does not have to take up huge areas of land”.
Operators say Canberra’s latest green energy plant should be operational in autumn 2017.
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