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Cambridge JMD Australia Proposes   
AUD650 million Solar Farm for North Queensland

Cambridge JMD Australia has lodged a development application with the Burdekin Council to establish a 400 megawatt (MW) solar farm in North Queensland. The application proposes a $650 million investment, in collaboration with North Queensland landholder Davco Farming to construct the Cambridge Solar Farm in the green energy precinct in Upper Haughton, approximately 80km South of Townsville.

 

Cambridge JMD Australia Director Michael Dwyer said the Burdekin site was selected for its optimal solar capacity and convenient access to existing electricity transmission networks. “We recognize Australia’s rising demand for energy and we are eager to assist with clean electricity from the Cambridge Solar Farm” he said.

 

“On a national scale, and upon full development, the Cambridge Solar project is anticipated to generate approximately 400 jobs. It will not only support Australia’s carbon emissions target but this solar project will also bring crucial investment, job opportunities, and economic advantages to the North Queensland communities” he added.

Common FAQs

1. What is the Cambridge Solar Farm project?

The Cambridge Solar Farm project is a proposed 400MW solar farm in North Queensland, Australia, with a capital investment value of approximately $650 million.

2. Who is behind the Cambridge Solar Farm project?

Cambridge JMD Australia, the Australian subsidiary of Singapore-based asset manager Cambridge RE Partners, is leading the project.

3. Where will the solar farm be located?

The solar farm will be located in Upper Haughton, approximately 80km south of Townsville, North Queensland.

 

4. Why was the Burdekin site chosen for the solar farm?

The Burdekin site was selected for its optimal solar capacity and convenient access to existing electricity transmission networks.

5. What is the total capacity of the Cambridge Solar Farm at stage one?

The solar farm has a proposed capacity of 400 megawatts, capable of powering 100,000 homes with clean energy.

 

6. What is the total investment for the first stage of the project?

 

The first stage of the project involves a $650 million investment.

 

7. Is the Cambridge Solar Farm part of a larger development plan?

 

Yes, the initial investment is the first stage of a $1.7 billion master-planned North Queensland Renewable Energy Park.

 

8. What is the expected total clean energy generation upon full development?

Upon full development, the Cambridge Solar Farm is expected to generate approximately 2.48TWh annually, equivalent to powering 340,000 homes.

9. Who are the development partners involved in the project?

Cambridge JMD Australia is collaborating with North Queensland landholder Davco and proposed developer Confluence Energy.

10. What is the role of Confluence Energy in the project?

Confluence Energy will be responsible for overseeing all development activities.

11. How many jobs are expected to be generated during the construction phase?

The construction of the solar farm is expected to generate about 400 jobs.

12. What is the expected timeline for the construction of the solar farm?

The development application was lodged with Burdekin Shire Council on 28th March 2024, but the specific construction timeline has not been provided.

 

13. How will the solar farm contribute to Australia’s energy needs?

The Cambridge Solar Farm aims to contribute significantly to Australia's transition to a green energy future by generating clean, renewable energy.

14. Will the solar farm support local communities?

Yes, the project is expected to bring crucial investment, job opportunities, and economic advantages to North Queensland communities.

15. How large is the proposed project in terms of land area?

The project spans nearly 1,800 hectares of former sugarcane land in North Queensland.

 

16. What is the significance of the solar farm being located adjacent to the Pacific Hydro's Haughton Solar Farm?

The proximity to the Haughton Solar Farm may present opportunities for synergies or collaborative initiatives in the renewable energy sector. 

17. How will the solar farm contribute to Australia’s National Electricity Market?

The project aims to make a significant contribution to Australia’s National Electricity Market by adding clean and renewable energy to the grid.

18. How many homes can be powered by the clean energy generated?

The clean energy generated is equivalent to powering 340,000 homes when fully developed. At stage one, the clean energy generated is equivalent to powering 100,000 homes.

19. Will the project align with Australia’s carbon emissions targets?

Yes, the solar project is intended to support Australia’s carbon emissions targets.

20. Who is the director of Cambridge JMD Australia, and what did they say about the project? 

The director of Cambridge JMD Australia is Michael Dwyer, who mentioned that the Burdekin site was chosen for its optimal solar capacity and convenient access to transmission networks. 

21. What is the vision for the project in terms of renewable energy-driven industrial parks?

The project aspires to be one of Australia’s most extensive renewable energy-driven industrial parks. 

22. Is there community engagement planned for the project?

Yes, the development partners express a commitment to working collaboratively with local authorities, governments, and community stakeholders throughout the approval process.

23. How will the solar farm contribute to sustainable development?

The project aims to contribute to sustainable development by providing low-carbon energy to homes, businesses, and potential future industries.

24. How will the solar farm impact the local economy?

The project is expected to bring crucial investment, job opportunities, and economic advantages to North Queensland communities.

25. What are the specific benefits of the solar farm to the North and Far North Queensland Renewable Energy Zone?

The project is located in the Renewable Energy Zone and is expected to contribute to the region's clean energy goals.

26. How does the project align with Australia’s transition to low and zero carbon energy sources?

 

The project is expected to make a significant contribution to Australia's transition to low and zero carbon energy sources.

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