Moree Solar Farm
This project aims to increase Australian knowledge and expertise in large-scale solar energy by building and operating a 56MWac (70MWp) grid-connected solar farm just south of Moree in NSW.
- Lead organisation:
- Moree Solar Farm Pty Ltd
- Moree, NSW
- Solar energy
- Start date:
- July 2014
The Moree location was chosen for its high-quality solar resources and proximity to the electricity grid.
The Moree Solar Farm will use solar photovoltaic-polycrystalline modules and a single-axis horizontal tracking system – which allows the modules to follow the sun to maximise power output.
It will connect to Essential Energy’s distribution network, allowing the solar power plant to supply electricity into the grid and compete in the National Electricity Market.
ARENA has provided $101.7 million to support the construction and operation of the 56MW solar power plant by Moree Solar Farm Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of leading worldwide solar company, FRV.
The total value of the project is approximately $164 million.
One of the project’s main aims is to demonstrate that large-scale solar power plants can be constructed and operated within Australia’s major electricity grids. As part of the project, a transparent business model will be developed that can be shared with and replicated by a broad range of market participants to ensure a competitive and sustainable base.
Another project objective is to encourage regional development by providing opportunities for direct employment during the construction phase, and indirectly through local service providers. Moree Solar Farm estimates around 100 construction jobs will be created, with around another 130 local jobs created to support the construction workforce. Approximately five permanent jobs will be created to run the plant once it is completed.
The solar farm will be located approximately 10km south of Moree in NSW, at a site that is considered an ideal location due to the intense levels of solar radiation experienced in the area and proximity to the national electricity grid.
Construction of the facility will take place over 2015-16 and, once complete, it will produce enough clean energy to supply around 15,000 homes.
Once the solar farm has been fully commissioned, it is expected to have an operating life of 30 years and generate approximately 4,000 GWh over that time.
Lessons Learned Report: Moree Solar Farm (PDF 486KB) | (DOCX 101KB) – lessons learned during the pre-construction period, from site selection and community engagement through to financing and grid connection.
- Media release – 31 March 2016: ARENA congratulates MSF on commercial partnership
- Media release – 1 March 2016: Moree Solar Farm starts feeding into the grid
- News – 6 November 2014: Breaking ground on big solar in Moree
- Media release – 4 August 2014: Moree Solar Farm puts big solar in big sky country
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