The proposed solar project will be built on top of the existing Kidston mine tailings storage facility.

Executive director Simon Kidston said the solar farm would be able to feed up to 150 megawatts of power into the Queensland grid and promises to be Australia’s biggest Solar Farm. When developed, the integrated scheme will open up a large part of northern Queensland to future development.

He said it would be a major boost for north Queensland, generating 150 jobs during construction.

“It’s a first in the country to co-locate a large solar project with energy storage and effectively pump storage [and] is a very large and efficient way to store energy and the fact that we’re able to combine a large solar project with a large pump storage hydro project really delivers a holy grail for energy markets in the country,” he said.