Neoen Switches On 128 MW Australian Solar Farm

Numurkah Solar Farm With 128 MW Capacity Commissioned By French Renewable Energy Developer Neoen In Australia’s Victoria As State’s Largest Operational PV Project
09:02 AM (Beijing Time) - 24. July 2019
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Owned and operated by France’s Neoen, the 128 MW Numurkah Solar Farm (in the picture) had local Downer Group providing EPC services. (Photo Credit: Downer Group)

Key Takeaways

  • French company Neoen has started commercial operations for its 128 MW solar farm in Victoria, Australia
  • Spread in 515-hectare land, the project is equipped with 373,839 solar panels
  • 255 GWh of clean power generated by the facility will be used to power Melbourne Tram Network and Laverton Steel Works, and it also holds a 15-year PPA with SIMEC Zen Energy

Australia’s Victoria state has got its largest solar farm up and running with France’s Neoen commissioning the 128 MW Numurkah Solar Farm. Designed to generate 255 GWh of clean power per year, it will power Melbourne Tram Network and Laverton Steel Works.

Neoen achieved financial closure on the project in July 2018 raising AUD 198 million ($146 million) (see Neoen’s 100 MW Aussie PV Farm Secures Financing).

Equipped with 373,839 solar panels, the Numuarkah Solar Farm is spread over 515 hectares of  land and has a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with GFG Alliance’s SIMEC Zen Energy.

Local EPC company Downer constructed the project on the Goulburn Valley Highway.

“The Numurkah Solar Farm will play an important role in supporting the transformation of our energy network towards clean, renewable energy and reaching our renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030,” said Victoria’s Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio.

Neoen’s Numurkah Solar Farm has been commissioned after the 150 MW Coleambally Solar Farm came online in New South Wales in November 2018, back then as the country’s largest operational PV plant (see Neoen’s 150 MW Australian PV Plant Operational).

Recently, another Australian region, the Northern Territory, gave Major Project Status to a 10 GW solar power project with storage to Sun Cable (see 10 GW Solar+Storage Farm Planned In Australia).

Anu Bhambhani

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