By Neeraj Nanda
MELBOURNE, 31 October: Adani Australia today announced first renewables project in Australia, a 65 MW solar farm in central Queensland which has been officially switched on. The project is powering more than 23,000 regional Queensland homes and businesses, says an Adani Renewables media release today.
Located near Moranbah in central Queensland, Rugby Run solar farm’s 247,000 solar panels makes it the eighth largest solar farm in Queensland and a significant contributor in renewable energy production for Queensland.
The announcement comes amidst reports of climate activists this morning disrupting work on BMD’s site at Haughton River just south of Townsville, calling on the construction company to cut ties with Adani’s controversial Carmichael mine.
A press statement emailed today by the Frontline Action on Coal to the SAT says, “A group of 25 people stopped work by blocking the gates to BMD’s site on the Haughton River floodplain upgrade just off the Bruce Highway. BMD is contracted to work on the construction of Adani’s Carmichael rail line.”
Frontline Action on Coal Spokesperson Andrea Valenzuela said “businesses like BMD can no longer defend working on destructive fossil fuel projects like Adani’s mine as ‘just doing their job’. The choice is between drastic climate action or accepting responsibility for the wilful destruction of our planet.
Adani CEO Lucas Dow was joined by Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker to officially open the solar farm in Moranbah today.
“We are delighted to officially open the Adani Rugby Run solar farm today, adding an Australian arm to our already significant international renewables portfolio,” Mr Dow said.
“People are often surprised when we say we’re in the renewables business, but the reality is that we recognize the world needs a reliable and affordable energy mix of both coal and renewables in order to meet current and future global energy demand, “he said.