The project is set to begin construction in April, located 15 km south of Townsville on Australia’s north-eastern coast. RCR Tomlinson Ltd will be managing the engineering, procurement and construction stage of the project.
“Large scale solar is fast becoming one of the most cost-effective sources of energy generation in Australia,” said First Solar’s Regional Manager for Asia Pacific Jack Curtis. “This project represents the viabality of the C&I solar market in Australia, and the growing trend of major energy consumers owning and operating renewable energy assets.”
Solar was shown to have made a significant impact in Australia last year, with estimates from Green Energy Market showing that solar contributed to a 1% reduction in energy consumption across the country.
“Sun metals is pleased to sponsor this landmark project for Australia, and we recognize the importance of quality and performance in every choice we have made for the project,” said Yun Choi, CEO of Sun Metals and Vice President of Korea Zinc. “The development of the project will benefit from First Solar’s broad capabilities and market experience, in addition to their industry leading technology.
Once built, the project will be among the largest PV power plants in Australia. The signing of a PPA for a similarly sized project was recently announced for Queensland by retailers Energy Australia.