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Solar project in pipeline for Lake Julius

Mount Isa could soon be home to Queensland’s first solar powered water supply with the Mount Isa Water Board progressing a study to bring reduced-cost solar pumping from Lake Julius.

Minister for Biofuels, Energy and Water Supply Mark Bailey said the innovative project is another way renewable energy can be used to increase water supply security while reducing operational costs.

“This project has the potential to save the substantial cost of pumping water from Lake Julius to Mount Isa’s water treatment plant, some 70 km away,” Mr Bailey said.

Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch said the study aligned with the Council’s plans for exploring renewable energy projects for the future of Mount Isa.

“This project brings so many benefits to Mount Isa,” Ms McCulloch said.

“There is the obvious water security and reduced costs of pumping from Lake Julius, but it will also mean greater year-round recreation access for Lake Moondarra if the region can use water from Julius for a similar cost.

“North West Queensland and Mount Isa have been identified as having one of the highest amounts of solar radiation per square metre, so it makes perfect sense for solar projects to be pursued.”

“I applaud the Mount Isa Water Board for pursuing this project, it will offer great benefits to the region and its residents.

Mr Bailey said the Government continued to support a range of solar projects across Queensland, including in the North West.

“This has the potential to build on the recently announced Kidston, Longreach and Kennedy large-scale solar projects, which will assist the State’s North West by reducing transmission loss and bringing jobs.

“Queensland is well on its way to becoming a renewable energy economy, helping the environment and powering our communities and our industries.”