Construction work has commenced on an industrial solar project at the Sun Metals zinc refinery in North Queensland, Australia.
The new 125MW renewable energy power station will feature 1.3 million solar panels. Work on the facility is expected to be wrapped up in early 2018, with commissioning expected by April 2018.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said: “Upon completion Sun Metals will be the largest single site user of renewable energy. This is a unique project and is a great example of an innovative company investing in its future and North Queensland.
“This investment will help Sun Metals to secure its output by stabilising production costs, and will provide even more job security to the refinery’s 291 employees.”
The project is expected to create 210 solar-powered jobs during the construction phase.
Sun Metals CEO Yun Choi added: “The SMC Solar Farm investment of $199 million is the first step in Korea Zinc ensuring the long term viability of the existing refinery and also underpinning the potential for its expansion using world class new technology, with an investment decision due in late 2017.
“An expanded refinery would see an additional $267 million invested and is expected to support up to 827 construction jobs during peak construction and an additional 100 permanent refinery workers once operational, all within North Queensland.”