The Moree Solar Farm uses solar photovoltaic-polycrystalline modules and a single-axis horizontal tracking system which allows the modules to follow the sun to maximise power output.
It is connected to Essential Energy’s distribution network, allowing the solar power plant to supply electricity into the grid and compete in the National Electricity Market.
The Moree location was chosen for its high-quality solar resources and proximity to the electricity grid.
ARENA 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, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV).
The total value of the project is approximately $164 million.
One of the project’s main aims was to demonstrate that large-scale solar power plants could be constructed and operated within Australia’s major electricity grids.
Another objective was 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 150 construction jobs were created, with further local jobs created to support the construction workforce. Five permanent employees now run the plant.
The solar farm is located approximately 10km south of Moree in NSW, at an ideal site with intense levels of solar radiation and proximity to the national electricity grid.
Construction of the facility took place over 2015-16 and now produces enough clean energy to supply around 15,000 homes.
The solar farm is expected to have an operating life of 30 years and generate approximately 4,000 GWh over that time.
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