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April 27 (Renewables Now) - Clean energy developer Amp Energy has brought online its 120-MW DC Hillston solar farm in the Australian state of New South Wales, the Toronto-based company said on Thursday.
Amp Power Australia Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of the Canadian firm, has commissioned the plant ahead of schedule, in less than three months. Thus, the group has expanded its operating portfolio in the Aussie state to 160 MW DC.
The Hillston photovoltaic (PV) farm, located in the Riverina region, is expected to produce about 235,000 MWh of electricity per year. Its annual output is estimated to be equivalent to the needs of some 48,000 households.
Amp Energy realised the project through a project finance agreement with French bank Natixis and Export Development Canada (EDC).
Last year, Amp Energy announced plans to create a renewable energy hub in South Australia after acquiring a portfolio of 1.36 GW of solar projects and 540 MW of storage. These will be its biggest projects in Australia.