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Queensland’s biggest solar farm begun generating power into grid

Staff Writer |
Queensland’s biggest solar farm built with the support of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has begun generating and feeding electricity into the grid.

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With the potential to produce enough renewable energy to power around 9,800 households, the Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm is expected to reach full generation by the end of the year.

It was developed by Elecnor Australia, with funding from ARENA and debt finance from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said Barcaldine had reached the milestone two months ahead of schedule, demonstrating the industry was getting faster and more proficient at developing big solar projects.

“Barcaldine was one of the first ARENA-funded solar plants and has helped pave the way for the next generation of 12 large-scale solar farms to be built across the country by the end of next year.

“Supported by ARENA, six big solar plants in Queensland, five in New South Wales and one in Western Australia are expected to triple Australia’s large-scale solar capacity providing enough energy to power 150,000 average Australian homes.”

“ARENA’s unprecedented investment in large-scale solar is expected to unlock almost $1 billion in commercial investment and boost regional economies,” he said.

In Barcaldine, more than 78,000 single axis tracking solar photovoltaic (PV) panels have been installed at the plant, which will have a capacity of 20 MW AC (25 MW DC) when fully operational.

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