Anna Blgh

The Queensland government will launch a $1 million feasibility study into establishing a large scale solar power plant that could potentially power up to 300,000 homes.

The Clinton Foundation, an organisation set-up by former US president Bill Clinton to focus on worldwide issues such as climate change, will undertake the feasibility study. The study would look into the scale of the plant, the best location in terms of the sun and transmission lines, how much it will cost and whether it should be built over several locations or at a single location.

The initiative is part of the Queensland Renewable Energy Plan, which Premier Anna Bligh says could generate $3.5 billion in new investment and create up to 3,500 jobs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10 years.