The Kidston Solar Project (Phase One 50MW) is located in Northern Queensland on the site of the historical Kidston Gold Mine. The site is situated some 270km north west of Townsville, near the township of Georgetown.
The site was selected for a number of reasons
One of the highest solar radiation areas in Australia
The only solar project located in the “red zone” (>24MJ/m2 per day) which is also connected to the NEM
Consistent strong solar exposure throughout the year
Good road access from Townsville and Cairns
Onsite accommodation camp suitable for construction needs
Good condition access road throughout the site
Existing substation and transmission line located adjacent to plant
No Aversive Impacts:
No adverse impact on local community
No environmental degradation (solar farm will reduce existing leaching issues of the TSF)
The project is co-located with The Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project (250MW) and the Kidston Solar Project (Phase Two 270MW).
The Kidston site is located in the highest solar resource zone in the country and is the only site in the "red zone" which has an existing transmission line connecting to the NEM.
Phase One of the Kidston Solar Project (50MW) is predicted to generate 145GWh (145,000MWh) of renewable electricity per year, increasing the total renewable energy generation in Queensland by 5.5% alone. This is equivalent to: