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Australias largest solar farm begins exporting to grid

Frances Neoen has started exports to the grid and is currently rapidly advancing toward full production at the massive 400 MW solar farm it is rolling out in Queensland, Australia.

From pv magazine Australia

Neoen Australia said this week that its 400 MW solar farm, which forms section of its AUD 600 million ($414.6 million) Western Downs Green Power Hub, is nearing completion. Testing works are actually underway in collaboration with Queensland transmission network operator Powerlink and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

While final testing and commissioning activities are continuing, Queensland Energy Minister Mick de Brenni said in a statement that the project that is being developed on a 1,500-hectare site near Chinchilla has recently begun generating in to the national electricity market.

A significant milestone has been reached on Australias largest solar farm under construction with the project now in a position to export a lot more than 100 MW of clean energy in to the nations electricity grid, the statement reads.

Upon completion, the Western Downs Green Power Hub may also add a 200 MW/400 MWh big battery. It really is likely to produce a lot more than 1,080 GWh of clean energy each year, or enough electricity to power a lot more than 230,000 Queensland homes.

This solar farm, the biggest of its kind in Australia, can generate power for an area how big is Logan and Redlands combined, de Brenni said. And is really a major step toward reaching the governments 50% renewable energy by 2030 target.

Neoen Australia Managing Director Louis de Sambucy said the team is currently attempting to finish the project as fast as possible, and to crank up the capability in coordination with Powerlink and AEMO. When fully operational, the Western Downs Green Power Hub will add 400 MW of renewable energy in to the grid.

CleanCo, a Queensland government-owned energy generator and retailer, is registered to take 320 MW. CleanCo Chair Jacqui Walters said the energy purchase agreement will undoubtedly be used to aid commercial and industrial customers to push ahead making use of their net-zero goals and build their global competitiveness with competitively priced energy.

CleanCo has focused on bringing 1,400 MW of new renewable energy in to the market by 2025 and projects just like the Western Downs Green Power Hub are underpinning that, so its very exciting to start to see the project arriving at completion, she said.

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