Neoen’s Colembally Solar Farm in New South Wales has just launched full-scale commercial operation.
The project is a landmark for Neoen, now producing the highest energy output of any solar farm in the country’s National Electricity Market at present.
Commissioned and connected by Neoen to TransGrid’s high voltage transmission network, the Coleambally solar farm is located in the Riverina region.The 550-hectare facility is supported by a 12-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with energy retailer EnergyAustralia. Under this agreement, EnergyAustralia will take 70 per cent of the solar farm’s energy output. The remainder will be sold directly to the market.
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As the largest currently fully operational photovoltaic (PV) facility in Australia with 567,800 solar PV panels installed, the facility will produce over 390,000 MWh of clean, emission-free, renewable energy per annum, which is enough to power more than 65,000 New South Wales households, and is equivalent to taking 90,000 cars off the road.
During construction, almost 400 jobs were created for the Riverina area, stimulating local economic activity and diversifying its industrial base. The solar farm will continue to provide a number and large variety of permanent and contracting or temporary employment opportunities during its expected service life well beyond 30 years.
Site preparations began in January 2018, with full construction and connection completed between March and September 2018.
Specialist clean energy financier CEFC, German Landesbank NORD/LB, German government owned development bank KfW Ipex and Bouygues Construction Australia Pty Ltd have all backed the development and the construction of the Coleambally Solar Farm.