This is the first of a series of reports on the operations of large-scale solar (LSS) projects in Australia. By using granular data provided by a number of LSS projects funded by ARENA and the CEFC, the series will deep dive into real world operational successes and barriers the projects faced.
In 2016 ARENA and the CEFC invested in 14 large-scale solar (LSS) projects that have played an important role in accelerating the early development of the large-scale solar industry in Australia and the integration of utility-scale renewable energy generation in the National Electricity Market (NEM). This report presents the first in a series of analyses of the detailed operational data from those early projects. It provides a valuable perspective on how actual project performance has differed from the forecasts that were used
to justify investment decisions.