Neoen Australia to build 400MW solar farm in Queensland, country’s largest

first_imgNeoen Australia to build 400MW solar farm in Queensland, country’s largest FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Neoen Australia’s plans to build a massive 400MW solar farm in Queensland’s Western Downs region will go ahead after winning the backing of the state government-owned renewable energy generator, CleanCo.Queensland’s Labor premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the move on Wednesday – ahead of the formal unveiling at the Stimulus Summit co-hosted by the Smart Energy Council and Renew Economy – that it had inked a deal with Neoen for CleanCo to buy 320MW of the output of the Western Downs Green Power Hub, paving the way for construction on the project to begin in July.Neoen – the French owner of the Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia, which still boasts the world’s biggest grid-connected Tesla battery – won council planning approval for the Western Downs project nearly two years ago and was hoping to begin construction last year. It had hinted at a major solar contract in its recent annual results presentation.The project, located 22km south of Chinchilla and 62km north west of Dalby in the state’s south-west, is the second big project to be pursued by Neoen in Queensland, after the Kaban renewable energy hub that plans to combine 160MW and battery storage near Cairns in the state’s north.For CleanCo, the Western Downs Green Power Hub deal marks its third investment and takes its new renewable energy pipeline to a total of 820MW.The latest deal, with Neoen, comes as calls emerge from all sides of Australia’s renewable energy industry call on Australia’s federal and state governments to pave the way for a Covid-19 economic recovery led by investments in clean energy and robust climate action.[Sophie Vorrath]More: Australia’s largest solar farm set for construction after Neoen wins deal with CleanColast_img read more