The dawn of a new era

On June 18th 2011, the Australian Federal Government announced that our consortium has been chosen to develop Australia’s first utility scale solar PV project under its $1.5 billion Solar Flagships Program. Planning approval for the Moree Solar Farm project is imminent. Full funding approval is expected by the end of 2011 and construction is scheduled to begin in mid 2012. This is huge news for everyone involved in getting us this far and a great milestone for renewable energy in Australia!

Tony Stocken of BP Solar and a Director of Moree Solar Farm said: “The Moree Solar Farm will pave the way for more utility scale solar power production in Australia by demonstrating that this proven technology has an important role to play helping Australia transition to a low carbon emission future.”

“This is an exciting day for the consortium partners who are looking forward to working closely with the Federal and NSW State Governments to deliver this landmark project,” said Javier Huergo, of FRV and a Director of Moree Solar Farm.

Once completed, the Moree Solar Farm will comprise around 650,000 PV panels and produce enough power for around 45,000 households (a city roughly the size of Darwin), leading to an annual displacement of around 400,000 tonnes of CO2 through generation of renewable electricity.

“The local community has been incredibly supportive of the proposal - welcoming the consortium’s plans from the beginning and providing fantastic feedback which helped with the design of the project”, said Lane Crockett of Pacific Hydro and a Moree Solar Farm Director.

In addition to providing a blueprint business model for the roll-out of utility scale solar across Australia, the Moree Solar Farm will provide a significant boost to the local economy creating a great number of jobs during the four-year construction phase, with the potential to create even more indirect jobs across Australia.

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