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).

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.

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).

Pacific Hydro is considering submitting a planning application to Isaac Regional Shire for a Material Change of Use (MCU) Permit for the site. Clarke Creek Solar Farm is expected to have a generating capacity of up to 350 MW, enough to power approximately 175,000 homes.

Local Benefits

Pacific Hydro has a strong track record of delivering lasting benefits to the local communities in which our projects are located. The project will deliver a boost to the local economy with approximately 240 workers required onsite during construction, with up to 6 permanent jobs to be created to ensure the effective operation of the solar farm. Local suppliers and contractors may also be engaged for the construction and delivery of the project wherever possible.

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.

Feedback from neighbouring landowners and the local community is being proactively sought and a comprehensive community engagement plan will be implemented at the appropriate time.

Community Consultation – Queensland Solar Farm Guidelines

Queensland’s solar industry in in a time of rapid growth. To ensure that projects are developed in a way that balances the interests of all stakeholders and are supported by the community, the Queensland Government is currently seeking feedback on the draft Queensland Solar Farm Guidelines from landholders, community groups, project developers, and local councils.

The Queensland Solar Farm Guidelines will inform local councils, project proponents, and members of the community about consistent and sustainable planning practices, and proactive community engagement.

The guidelines are intended to support local councils in planning for and assessing solar projects under the Queensland Planning Framework, and educate local communities and project developers about good standards of development practice.

To find out more about the draft guidelines and the consultation process, please visit the Queensland Government’s Solar Farm Guidelines website.

Project Updates

A planning application for Clarke Creek Solar Farm to Isaac Regional Council was submitted on 31 July 2018. A decision is expected later this year.

Resources

Clarke Creek Solar Farm – Project Information Sheet

Clarke Creek Solar Farm – Project Overview and Location Map

Community Engagement

25 July 2017 – Community meeting feedback and responses

More Information

For any complaints, enquiries, or feedback about this project, please contact us at enquiries@pacifichydro.com.au or 1800 730 734.

16 February 2018 – Community Information Session