First stage of Kidston solar project energised

The Kidston Stage 1 Solar Project has been successfully energised, Genex Power announced today.

The $126 million Kidston Solar Project, located in Northern Queensland on the site of the Kidston Gold Mine, will be constructed in two phases.

Stage 1 includes a 50MW solar project, while the second stage will include 270MW of solar co-located with the 250MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project.

The solar substation energisation is a major construction milestone, as one of the most important testing and commissioning steps before electricity can be exported from the project into the National Electricity Market (NEM).

“Energisation of the solar substation is a crucial milestone in the commissioning for any large-scale renewable energy project,” Genex managing director Michael Addison said.

“The smooth development of the project to date is a reflection of the significant dedication and effort by the project delivery team.

“With all necessary regulatory approvals in place Genex is now able to complete the final steps to enable the dispatch of electricity into the NEM.

“With first generation and revenue scheduled for early December 2017, we are pleased to reconfirm that the development remains on time and on budget.”

Genex also announced it had achieved registration by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) as a market generator, and has now completed all technical and regulatory processes to enable the export of electricity into the NEM.