November 12 (Renewables Now) - The 110-MW Darling Downs solar park in the Aussie state of Queensland has been officially opened, the state government announced today.
The completion of the AUD-200-million (USD 136.8m/EUR 124m) project was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Queensland energy minister Anthony Lynham. The owner of the power plant is energy infrastructure investor APA Group (ASX:APA), which purchased the project from utility Origin Energy Ltd (ASX:ORG) back in 2017.
The solar farm is located close to Origin’s gas-fired Darling Downs gas-fired power station, west of Dalby. Equipped with more than 423,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels, it will be capable of producing power for up to 36,000 local homes.
Origin Energy will be the off-taker under a 12-year power purchase agreement (PPA) and will also buy the Large-scale Renewable Generation Certificates (LGCs). The construction of the solar park was backed by an AUD-20-million grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.684/EUR 0.620)