Neoen plans July start for $570m solar farm build
Construction of the 460-480mWp Western Downs Green Power Hub is expected to begin in July and create more than 400 jobs.
Neon announced today that it had signed a 352 MWp power purchase agreement with CleanCo Queensland for energy from the $570 million project.
“The electricity produced by Western Downs solar farm will complement CleanCo’s hydro energy production and it will be our first project in Queensland,” Neoen Australia managing director Louis de Sambucy said.
“We are fully committed to delivering this landmark deal by making the most of the region’s excellent solar resources, the use of the latest technology and our experience in delivering solar farms on time and on budget.
“We look forward to Western Downs becoming a lighthouse project in achieving excellent regional economic and local community outcomes that will be needed in the aftermath of COVID-19’s impact on the economy.”
Connection will be via the Western Downs substations via a new overhead line, with energy generation scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2022.
Powerlink Queensland interim chief executive Kevin Kehl said the Western Downs Green Power Hub was extremely well positioned to connect to the national grid via Powerlink’s transmission network.
“This project will bring Queensland to 2000 MW of large-scale renewable generation connected to the transmission network in the state,” he said.
Neoen will be the long-term owner and operator of the project, and plans to establish a Community Benefit Fund totaling $100,000 every year for the lifetime of the project.