SunPower to supply Australia’s largest solar farm

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SunPower has announced that it is supplying 349 MW of its high efficiency solar panels for the Limondale solar power plant, Australia’s largest solar project to date.

Specifically, the module maker will be supplying its 19% efficient Performance Series (P-Series) solar panels for the project, which is expected to be fully operational in mid-2020.

The Limondale solar farm is owned by Germany’s innogy SE,  a cleantech spinoff from one of Germany’s major utilities, RWE.

Earlier this month, innogy’s subsidiary Belectric, the EPC and O&M service provider on the project, appointed Sydney-based diversified infrastructure company Downer Group as a subcontractor

The project broke ground last month with the launch of preparation works and pre-pilling tests, and main construction works were expected to commence this October.

Earlier this year, the 347 MWp Limondale Solar Farm, Balranald, in Far West NSW, and the 115 MWp Hillston Sun Farm, Hillston, Central West NSW, were acquired by innogy SE, for an estimated $650 million.

After the two projects were bought from developer Overland Sun Farming, innogy informed pv magazine Australia that neither Limondale nor Hilston had PPAs, and that it intended to sell the plants’ output on the wholesale market – meaning they were to become the country’s largest merchant projects by a considerable margin.