Luminous Energy signs grid deal for 162-MW solar project in Queensland

October 28 (Renewables Now) – Luminous Energy has sealed a deal to connect its future Columboola solar farm of 162 MW capacity to the electricity grid in the Australian state of Queensland.

The project, located near Miles, will be hooked to the grid via Powerlink’s nearby Columboola substation. The electricity transmission services provider said that the scheme requires the construction of a transmission line with a length of almost 2 km.

Building works on the transmission assets is due to start by April 2020.

Energy minister Anthony Lynham commented that the construction of the new plant will create up to 400 jobs, while five permanent positions will be opened when the solar park becomes operational in early 2021.

According to Lynham, Queensland has nearly 2,400 MW of operational renewable energy capacity and a further 250 MW underway or committed.

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