Neoen has signed a landmark agreement to provide 100MW of the renewable energy generated from its Coleambally solar farm in New South Wales to EnergyAustralia.
Commissioned by Neoen and located in the Riverina region of New South Wales, the project will feature 560,000 solar panels installed on 550 hectares.
Once complete, the facility will have an output capacity of 150MW, with the ability to deliver emissions-free, renewable energy to more than 50,000 homes in Australia.
Neoen Australia managing director Frank Woitiez said the partnership signalled a positive move towards a more sustainable Australia.
“Australians are an eco-conscious collective and an increasing number of the population is seeking to opt into a more sustainable way of living as we begin to realise reliance on fossil fuels and other finite resources will eventually come to a halt,” Mr Woitiez said.
“Neoen is proud to be working with EnergyAustralia to meet increasing demands for renewable energy, leading the country into a clean energy future.”
The project is expected to generate around 300 jobs during construction phases, with a further seven ongoing operational roles to be filled once construction is finalised.
EnergyAustralia energy executive Mark Collette said continued investment in new supplies of cleaner energy was critical to developing a modern, stable energy system in Australia as existing coal generation is retired.
“The reality is renewable energy will in time come to underpin the national electricity market – it makes business sense, it’s good for the environment and it’s what our customers want,” Mr Collette said.
“That’s why we’re so excited about adding a quality renewable opportunity like Coleambally to our power purchase portfolio and we’re looking forward to working with Neoen to bring this great project to market.”
The Coleambally Solar Farm is currently in the environmental assessment and connection studies phases of development.
Construction is set to begin in late 2017.
Neoen recently announced its involvement in a historical partnership between Tesla, Neoen and the South Australian government to pair the world’s largest lithium ion battery with the Neoen Hornsdale wind farm in South Australia.