Moree to host one of Australia’s largest solar PV projects;

FRV´s Moree Solar Farm reaches financial close

Global leader in solar energy Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) today announced that the 70 megawatt (MWp) Moree Solar Farm, the first large scale solar project tracking the sun in Australia, has reached financial close. Construction of the project will begin immediately.

“This is a significant and exciting moment for large scale solar in Australia and for the Moree community,” announced Andrea Fontana, FRV Australian Country Manager. 

“The project would not be possible without the unwavering support of the local community, Moree Plains Shire Council, the Federal Members for Parkes, NSW state government, all the people who have dedicated many hours to development of the project and last but not least, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) who have provided funding for the project. Thank you all for your passion and support for this project,” continued Fontana. 

Also critical to helping bring this project to fruition is the Renewable Energy Target (RET), which is striving to have at least 20 percent of Australia’s energy demand met by renewable energy.

Moree will be one of the largest solar projects in Australia and will use mechanical devices (trackers) to continually orient its solar panels with the sun to increase their power output each day. Once completed it will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of nearly 15,000 New South Wales homes and abate nearly 95,000 tonnes of carbon pollution each year.

With its wide open plains that stretch beneath vast blue skies, the Moree Plains Shire is part of a region fittingly known as Big Sky Country, an excellent location for a large scale solar facility.

“The Moree Solar Farm is an opportunity to positively contribute to the country’s power industry by leading the way for large scale projects and creating local jobs,” added Fontana.

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