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Utility-scale PV In Australia: 56 MWac Moree Solar Farm Starts Feeding Power Into The Grid

Shenzhen Shine Solar Co.,Ltd | Updated: Mar 07, 2016

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) on March 1st, 2016 welcomed the news that the Moree Solar Farm in Northern New South Wales had successfully achieved first generation.

Moree Solar Farm, developed by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), is now feeding 56 MW of renewable solar power into the National Electricity Market, enough to power 15,000 average homes. Moree Solar Farm is scheduled for full completion in April 2016.

FRV CEO Rafael Benjumea said the company was very proud to have delivered the first utility-scale single axis tracking and largest polycrystalline solar farm in Australia on time and on budget.

“First generation at the plant is a great achievement and represents more than six years of continued work from our Australian office through the development, financing and construction activities,” Benjumea said.

“FRV believes there is strong market support for large-scale solar in Australia and is looking forward to celebrating first generation from some of our other developed sites in the coming years.”

ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht noted that large-scale solar in Australia was making solid headway towards reaching commercial maturity.

“In the last six months we’ve seen more than 210 MW from ARENA-supported solar farms start feeding into the grid and powering Australian homes and businesses with renewable energy,” Frischknecht said.

“The Nyngan, Broken Hill and Moree solar farms, along with approximately 200 MW set to be built through ARENA’s USD 100 million large-scale solar round, will help push costs down by developing local supply chains, increasing financier confidence and advancing innovative renewable technologies.”

“The various projects underway and in the pipeline clearly demonstrate there are a range of technology pathways to success with big solar. In the case of Moree Solar Farm, single-axis tracking is being used to capture more of the sun’s energy as it moves across the sky.”

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