Work begins on second Canberra solar farm


Work is finally set to begin on the Mugga Lane solar farm, almost three years after Chinese company Zhenfa won an ACT government contract to supply solar power.

Just one of three solar farms to win contracts in the 2013 auction is operating to date – the Spanish-owned Royalla, which began producing solar power in September 2014. The third was held up in a dispute with Uriarra village residents and has moved sites to Williamsdale, with construction yet to begin.

With a contract now signed with ActewAGL for the grid connection, it’s expected panels will be installed in May or June, and the farm to be operational by the end of the year.

Mugga Lane, which will comprise around 48,000 ground mounted PV modules, will generate enough power for around 3000 homes when it is completed later this year.