Edify Energy, an Australian solar and battery storage developer, has received federal approval for its over 600 MW Smoky Creek solar project in central Queensland, Australia. Reportedly, the Commonwealth government has given the project the go-ahead following a review under Australian environmental legislation, with the permit carrying rules aimed at protecting nature and minimising the project’s possible detrimental effects on land and waterways in the region.
Furthermore, the photovoltaic park will be built 75 km south of Rockhampton on around 1,800 hectares of cleared ground. Once operational, it will be capable of producing up to 1,194 GWh of electricity per year, enough to power more than 200,000 homes. The output will be channeled into Powerlink Queensland’s transmission network. Moreover, the Smoky Creek project is estimated to create roughly 350 jobs during peak construction.
In September 2023, IHI Corporation joined the consortium of companies developing the green hydrogen hub HyNQ—North Queensland Clean Energy Project. To build the renewable energy and environmentally friendly hydrogen and ammonia production and export facility in North Queensland, IHI Engineering Australia collaborated with Idemitsu Australia, Queensland energy business CS Energy, and local developer Energy Estate.