While Adani Enterprises faces major opposition from activists opposed to its controversial Queensland coal project, the company says it has secured agreements to build two solar farms in Australia.
Jennifer Purdie , chief executive of Adani Australia Renewables, said the company had secured agreements to build two solar farms, each with capacity of 100-200 megawatts in Queensland and South Australia.
She said Adani was seeking sites to expand its projects to a combined capacity of 1,500MW by 2022. “If we can achieve our 1,500MW target, A$2bn-A$3bn is the order of what we would have to invest to do it,” said Ms Purdie. “It’s not tokenism, it’s a serious investment.”
In September Gautam Adani , Adani’s founder, unveiled what it claims will be the world’s largest solar power plant on a single site, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, in which the company has invested US$700 million.
In Australia, Adani owns and operates the Abbott Point coal terminal in Queensland and is pushing to develop the controversial US$16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine.