CleanCo is actively evaluating options for continuing to grow our energy supply in a way that can deliver reliable, affordable, low-emissions energy to large commercial and industrial businesses seeking decarbonisation pathways. This includes assessing optimisation and expansion opportunities at our existing generators, as well as evaluating storage options and bringing new renewables online. Read more about our current projects below.
CleanCo is investing $500 million to build a publicly-owned portfolio of up to 2.3 GW of renewable energy projects in Queensland.
Reliable, clean energy for businesses and industries
Central Queensland is the state’s industrial powerhouse and needs reliable, affordable, clean energy to drive future economic activity and industry development in the region.
We are growing our portfolio of renewable generation to support decarbonisation- the removal or reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere which includes transitioning to sustainable, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
These new projects will enable CleanCo to provide our large commercial and industrial customers with clean energy solutions that meet their needs and support their decarbonisation pathways.
Supporting local jobs and regional communities
CleanCo’s Central Queensland portfolio is estimated to support up to 4000 construction jobs and provide 100 ongoing local operational jobs.
Beyond delivering critical energy, this program of works in Central Queensland creates a unique opportunity to establish local supply chains, create a pipeline of jobs and training for the region, decarbonise Queensland’s energy intensive industries, support regional economic development, and secure public ownership of generation assets.
CleanCo and Central Queensland Power partnership
CleanCo is partnering with Central Queensland Power (CQP), a joint venture between experienced renewable energy project developers RES and Energy Estate, to develop CleanCo’s 2.3GW portfolio of projects in Central Queensland.
CleanCo and CQP will assess and shortlist renewable energy projects which deliver the best outcomes for the environment, communities, including First Nations engagement and partnerships as well as industry, and Queensland’s overall renewable energy transformation.
Projects assessed as having the potential for delivering the best outcomes will be progressed to development phase by CleanCo and CQP.
These projects will deliver CleanCo’s first build-own-operate wind and solar generation assets.
Moah Creek Wind Farm Project
The 372MW Moah Creek Wind Farm, is the first project being progressed under the CleanCo and CQP partnership.
Located 30 kilometres west of Rockhampton, the Moah Creek Wind Farm will include up to 60 wind turbines, support up to 400 construction jobs, and inject up to $600 million into the local economy.
Moah Creek is an ideally positioned, taking advantage of world-class wind resources and in close proximity to existing transmission lines and other power infrastructure.
Following the development phase, construction is expected to start in 2025.
Go to the Central Queensland Power website for information on Moah Creek Wind Farm.
CleanCo is working with the Ipswich community to transform the Swanbank Power Station site into a clean energy hub, ensuring long-term jobs and economic opportunities for the region.
The Swanbank site has played an important role in supporting Queensland’s resource and energy supply for more than 50 years. The 336ha site has a proud history of coal mining and coal generation. Now its future is in sustainable, low-emission energy.
In 2021, CleanCo announced plans to develop the former coal-fired power station site into a clean energy hub, as well as restore the environment and explore community infrastructure opportunities.
What is a clean energy hub?
The Queensland energy system is transforming, with more renewable energy powering homes and businesses than ever before. The Queensland Government has set a goal for 70% of the state’s electricity generation to come from clean energy by 2032. Sites such as Swanbank are being transformed to support Queensland’s renewable energy target.
By offering competitively priced, reliable clean energy, CleanCo can support Queensland’s major commercial and industrial companies on their decarbonisation pathways.
Developing a master plan
A masterplan is a long-term plan that provides a vision and framework for how an area can be developed. As part of the planning process for the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub, CleanCo invited Ipswich residents to join a community co-design panel to shape the masterplan for the site, focusing on community infrastructure that could be incorporated into the plan.
In May and June 2023, 30 people from across greater Ipswich came together to share ideas and insights, learn about the challenges and opportunities, and develop a draft vision and masterplan for the site.
The draft masterplan developed by the community panel was shared with the Ipswich community throughout August to November 2023. Feedback on the draft masterplan has now closed – thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts. To view the masterplan visit the dedicated Reimagine Swanbank project website.
What else does the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub project involve?
As well as developing a masterplan for the site, CleanCo has a number of other projects underway at Swanbank:
A big battery
CleanCo is installing its first 250MW/500MWh big battery on the site of the old Swanbank B Power Station. The big battery has a two-hour storage capacity and will be one of the largest in Queensland. It will add critical storage capacity to support CleanCo’s unique product offering of reliable 24/7 low-emission energy. The battery is expected to be operational by mid-2025.
Low-emission energy generation and storage opportunities
CleanCo is investigating other energy options for the site. The site’s exisiting infrastructure – including critical connections to
electrical transmission, water, gas and roads – makes it an ideal location for energy developments. The Swanbank site is located in a strong part of the Queensland transmission network, with a grid connection capacity of up to 1.2GW.
The site’s previous use as a coal-fired power station has left legacy impacts which CleanCo is addressing. CleanCo is progressing with plans to rehabilitate both the ash dam site and some mapped areas of contaminated land. Waterway health and ecological values for the region are also being investigated as opportunities for improvement.
Stay up to date with the Reimagine Swanbank project by visiting the dedicated project website.
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