Clarke Creek Solar Farm

The Project

Located in central Queensland’s Isaac Shire, Clarke Creek Solar Farm is a proposed large-scale solar photovoltaic power station.

The site has been identified as an area highly suitable for efficiently capturing solar energy – the region is subject to 2,095 kWh/m² per annum, making it one of the strongest regions in the country for solar irradiance that has strong connections to the National Electricity Market (NEM).

Planning permission was received by from Isaac Regional Council in January 2019, following the submission of an application for a Material Change of Use (MCU) Permit for the site.

The development of Clarke Creek Solar Farm will seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by proposing a renewable energy source for the local and surrounding community, whilst assisting in reaching greenhouse gas reduction targets in Queensland and making a considerable contribution to the Renewable Energy Target.

Key Aspects

Clarke Creek Solar Farm is expected to have a generating capacity of up to 315MW, enough to power approximately 196,000 homes.

Some of the key characteristics of the Clarke Creek site include:

  • flat to slightly undulating terrain with minimal trees and vegetation;
  • currently rural land, with some areas used for cattle agistment;
  • strong potential to connect to the National Electricity Market (NEM).

Local Benefits

Pacific Hydro has a strong track record of delivering lasting benefits to the local communities in which our projects are located. Some of these include:

  • a significant number of direct jobs during construction
  • generating local economic activity during construction and operations
  • opportunities for local businesses and suppliers
  • support for community-led projects and initiatives
  • payment of rates

Business Opportunities

Local suppliers and contractors may also be engaged for the construction and delivery of the project wherever possible, and are encouraged to register their interest and capabilities with us here.

These jobs will help to diversify local skills and economic output for the region, complementing the agricultural industry and contributing to the prosperity of the local economy.

Community Investment

Pacific Hydro is proud to further support communities that host our clean energy projects through our industry-leading Community Investment Program, which delivers a portion of revenue back into our local communities each year.

The program aims to empower local communities to identify the projects and initiatives that we should support. A range of methods are used to achieve this aim (such as community funds and sponsorships), tailored to the specific needs of each area.

Since its launch the program has delivered over $4.2 Million to over 875 community-led projects across regional Australia.

Community Engagement

A key part of Pacific Hydro’s successful delivery of projects is the way we engage and involve our neighbours, communities, and stakeholders throughout all stages. This involvement ensures that valuable local knowledge and perspectives are understood and considered by the project. Members of the community and stakeholders will be provided with opportunities to be involved as the project progresses

Resources

Clarke Creek Solar Farm – Project Information Sheet

Clarke Creek Solar Farm – Project Overview and Location Map

Clarke Creek Solar Farm – Development Permit for Material Change of Use

More Information

For any complaints, enquiries, or feedback about this project, please contact us at [email protected] or 1800 730 734.