Moree Solar Farm starts installing JA Solar modules


Cell and module manufacturer JA Solar will be supplying a total of 70 MW to the Moree Solar Farm in Australia. The first batches of JAP6-315 and JAP6-310 modules manufactured by JA Solar have been arriving at the farm since June this year, and are currently being installed.

The Moree Solar Farm, owned by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, is located 10 km south of Moree in New South Wales. The project financing is said to be $164 million, which includes a $102 million grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and $47 million of debt financing from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, secured August 2014. The farm development broke ground in Novermber 2014.

Construction of the farm began in February this year, according to Fotowatio Renewable Ventures. The total area covers more than 440,000 square meters and will hold over 220,000 modules. Installation is currently underway.

Andrea Fontana, Australia Country Manager of Fotowatio, commented, "The Moree Solar Farm is currently the largest solar farm under construction in Australia. Once completed, the Moree Solar Farm will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of nearly 15,000 New South Wales homes and abate nearly 95,000 tons of carbon pollution each year. Additionally, it will create more than 100 jobs during its construction."

Earlier this year, the Moree Solar Farm was recognized by IJGlobal (Infrastructure Journal and Project Finance) magazine as the best solar transaction of 2014 in the Asia Pacific region.

Xie Jian, President and COO of JA Solar, elaborated, "Demand in the Australian market has historically been centered on rooftop solar for residential use. As a leading supplier of PV modules in Australia, JA Solar has been focusing on providing its highly-efficient monocrystalline and polycrystalline silicon modules for rooftop installations in this market.

"We are now very pleased not only to see a large-scale project like the Moree Solar Farm in Australia, but also to be a significant contributor to the project. We believe that the launch of the Moree Solar Farm will serve as a foundation for potential opportunities to cooperate on more large-scale solar projects in Australia in the future."