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Large-scale solar PV developments

Tom Langford - Monday, August 12, 2013
Large-scale solar PV projects are shining across Australia this year,

First Solar Greenough River Solar Farm with governments and the private sector finally starting to ink big funding deals and approvals beginning to trickle in for some significant projects.

We've also seen new projects commissioned and the release of the first performance data.

Image (right): courtesy First Solar Greenough River Solar Farm

Here is an update on the impressive progress made by CEC member companies in July and August 2013:

Nyngan and Broken Hill Solar Plants - AGL and First Solar

A project by AGL and First Solar to build two solar plants at Nyngan and Broken Hill in outback New South Wales reached financial close last week on $166.7 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and an additional $64.9 million in funding from the NSW Government. Nyngan will be home to a 102-megawatt plant, while a 53-megawatt project will be constructed at Broken Hill. For more information visit agk.com.au/nyngan/index.php/the-project

Moree Solar Farm - Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) and Pacific Hydro

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation announced last week that it would provide $60 million in senior debt finance to the 56-megawatt Moree Solar Farm, a joint venture between FRV and Pacific Hydro. For more information visit moreesolarfarm.com.au

Royalla Solar Farm - FRV

FRV was announced as the successful bidder in the ACT Government's reverse solar auction process last year, and early last month was granted development approval for the 20-megawatt Royalla Solar Farm. Construction on the project is due to commence this year. For more information visit actsolarfarm.com

Greenough River Solar Farm - Verve Energy, GE and First Solar

The Greenough River Solar Farm has been powering away since its commissioning last year. At 10 megawatts, it is currently the largest operational solar PV plant in Australia. At Clean Energy Week in late July, project developers First Solar released the first public data on the plant's performance over the last eight months. For more information visit greenoughsolarfarm.com.au

Mildura Solar Demonstration Facility - Solar Systems

Solar Systems, a subsidiary of Silex Systems, officially launched its 1.5-megawatt Mildura Solar Demonstration Facility last month, which is Australia's largest Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) solar power station. Plans to expand the facility to 100-megawatts are underway. For more information visit solarsystems.com.au

It's great to see so many CEC members involved in these milestone projects, and we look forward to many more projects to come.

Source: http://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au, 7th August 2013.