Utility-scale PV

CER: Record high number of projects accredited in September, development pipeline surpasses 10 GW

With a combined capacity of 667 MW, September has set a new record high for the number of accredited projects in a single month, show the latest data released by the Clean Energy Regulator. Almost all of the new capacity comes from large scale solar.

Downer to build Australia’s largest solar farm

Belectric has awarded a contract to Downer to build the 349 MWp Limondale Solar Park located in New South Wales.

Renew Estate gets regulatory nod for 100 MW solar farm

The $164 million Bomen Solar Farm near Wagga Wagga has been approved by the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment. Construction is scheduled to begin shortly.

Total Eren seeks to expand Victoria’s biggest solar farm to 450 MWp

After addressing grid connection challenges, the French renewables giant has launched construction on the 256.5 MWp Kiamal Solar Farm. It is now looking to add a second stage of up to 194 MWp, and is exploring commercial options for the approved 380 MWh of energy storage.

Risen acquires 100 MW Merredin Solar Farm

The Chinese PV module maker has expanded its solar portfolio Down Under with the acquisition of what will be Western Australia’s largest solar farm. Construction is slated to begin this year.

SA Water Corporation readies to deploy 4.14 MW coastal PV project

South Australia’s largest water and sewerage services supplier is set to add a utility-scale PV project to its solar fleet, as part of its plan to achieve zero net electricity costs by 2020. The project will feature solar modules provided by Chinese module giant JA Solar.

Victoria approves 68 MW Congupna solar farm, proposes large-scale solar guidelines

The Victorian government has given the green light to a utility-scale solar farm north of Shepparton and released draft planning guidelines for the development of large solar farm projects across the state.

NT government approves 25 MW solar PV plant, announces reforms to back battery uptake

As part of its electricity market reforms, the Northern Territory’s government has announced plans to review its solar feed-in tariffs in order to encourage the existing solar households to add battery storage. It has also greenlit the 25 MW Katherine solar park, the state’s largest solar PV farm to date.

Maoneng secures financing for 255 MWp Sunraysia Solar Farm

In addition to securing debt financing from a consortium of banks, the Australian-Chinese renewables developer has entered into a long-term equity partnership with global infrastructure investor John Laing for the investment and development of the Sunraysia Solar Farm. John Laing confirmed it will invest $108.6 million in the project, taking a 90.1% stake.

Macquarie provides capital for 11 GW Pilbara renewable energy hub

The Asian Renewable Energy Hub’s generation capacity has been boosted from 9 GW to 11 GW, as Macquarie Group has pledged to invest in the project that aims to export power to South East Asia, as well as supply big miners and green hydrogen projects in the Pilbara region, Western Australia.

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