Australia’s largest solar farm begins exporting to grid

Aerial shot of Neoen's Western Downs Solar Farm (largest wind farm)
Neoen's Western Downs Solar Farm

Australia’s largest solar farm is now exporting power to the grid, with renewables developer Neoen’s 400MW Western Downs solar farm in Queensland nearing full production.

While final commissioning activities are continuing, Queensland Energy Minister Mick de Brenni said the project had already begun generating into the national electricity market.

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“A major milestone has been reached on Australia’s largest solar farm under construction with the project now able to export more than 100MW of clean energy into the nation’s electricity grid,” de Brenni said.

Being developed on a 1,500ha site near Chinchilla, Western Downs Green Power Hub will also include a 200MW/400MWh big battery and is expected to produce more than 1,080GWh of clean energy per year—enough to power more than 230,000 homes.

“This solar farm, the largest of its kind in Australia, will be able to generate power for a region the size of Logan and Redlands combined,” de Brenni said.

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“And is a major step towards achieving the government’s 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030 target.”

Entirely owned by Neoen, Western Downs is currently the largest solar farm in Australia, delivering clean energy into Powerlink’s transmission network and bringing significant economic benefits to the region.

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