Hamburg, 21. June 2011, Leaders in solar and large-scale renewable energy, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), BP Solar and Pacific Hydro welcomed today’s announcement by the Federal Government that their joint proposal to build Australia’s first utility scale solar project, the 150MW Moree Solar Farm in the NSW Tablelands, has been selected as part of the Solar Flagships Program.
“This is an exciting day for the consortium partners who are looking forward to working closely with the Federal and NSW State Governments to deliver this landmark project,” said Javier Huergo, of FRV and a Director of Moree Solar Farm.
The Moree Solar Farm project is part of the Australian Federal Government’s Solar Flagships Program which will commit $1.5 billion to support the construction and operation of solar power stations around Australia.
When completed, the Moree Solar Farm will comprise around 650,000 PV panels and produce enough power for around 45,000 households (or roughly a town the size of Darwin), leading to an annual displacement of around 400,000 tonnes of CO2 through generation of renewable electricity.
Subject to final approvals, construction is scheduled to commence in mid 2012.
Tony Stocken of BP Solar and a Director of Moree Solar Farm said: “The Moree Solar Farm will pave the way for more utility scale solar power production in Australia by demonstrating that this proven technology has an important role to play helping Australia transition to a low carbon emission future.” […]
The Moree Solar Farm brings together three of the world’s leaders in renewable energy, utility scale project delivery and operation.
Independent power producer FRV is the majority equity holder in the consortium. BP Solar will be acting as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractor for the project, and will retain a minority equity stake in the project. Pacific Hydro, one of Australia’s leading renewable energy businesses, will also be holding a minority shareholding in the project.
Quelle: BP Solar Deutschland GmbH