Cleangen secures planning approval for 60 MW PV plant in northern Australia

Australian solar farm developer and independent power producer Cleangen has announced it has secured planning permission to build a 60 MW solar park in Mareeba, Queensland, northern Australia.

According to the Mareeba Shire Council, the Mareeba Solar Farm will cover approximately 110 hectares and will be constructed in 2018. The council also said that the energy collected from the solar farm will be fed back into the grid network through the Ergon Energy Turkinie Substation, situated 2 km west of the site.

“Renewable energy is becoming more in demand and we are certainly excited about this potential investment,” said Mareeba’s Mayor Tom Gilmore. The proposed development is expected to have a series of positive outcomes on the community and local economy, including the creation of a number of jobs: 200 in construction and up to 10 full-time operational roles.

The construction of the farm is to begin in 2018. It is to produce over 147 GWh of solar power, which can power an estimated 18, 723 households. The proposed solar farm will boast 196,000 solar PV panels.