CARBON Energy (ASX:CNX) has partnered with Photon Energy NV to potentially develop a solar power generation plant in Queensland.
The memorandum of understanding will evaluate the feasibility of a large scale plant with up to 20MW capacity, as well as a power storage system at Carbon Energy's Bloodwood Creek site.
The assessment will explore the use of the site's existing underground infrastructure to store energy for use during peak energy periods.
Carbon Energy CEO Morne Engelbrecht says the technology suits the site conditions, with a number of similar projects planned area.
"This is a positive step for the Bloodwood Creek site and will help us realise some of the site's potential, contributing to Queensland's and Australia's growing renewable energy needs," Engelbrecht says.
"With its ideal weather conditions, connection to the grid and supportive infrastructure, the site is well positioned for solar energy production.
"We have found an ideal partner in Photon Energy, given their experience in building and commissioning solar photovoltaic power plants."
Amsterdam-based Photon Energy has established a strong track record of developing solar power plants across the world since 2008. The company also has offices in Bondi Junction and Prague.
Photon Energy Australia managing director Michael Gartner says the project will positively contribute to the state's renewable energy targets.
"This project demonstrates an innovative approach, that not only allows us to utilise the Bloodwood Creek site for renewable energy, but also to potentially develop an innovative new energy storage technology helping Australia meet its renewable energy targets," Gartner says.
"Solar power is an integral part of Queensland reaching its ambitious renewable energy target of 50 per cent renewable energy in the state by 2030."
If the project gets the green light, it will create construction jobs as well as several permanent skilled jobs to maintain the plant over its 25-year life span.
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