April 3 (Renewables Now) - Construction of Renew Estate’s 300-MW Rodds Bay Solar Farm in Queensland will kick off this year after a “notice to proceed” was issued to the local transmission company.
The developer said in a press release on Thursday that the project has passed all tests related to system strength and generator performance standards. Its construction will be launched by the third or fourth quarter of the year according to the connection agreement with Powerlink Queensland that was signed in January.
The Rodds Bay Solar Farm, with a given capacity in direct current (DC), will be installed on grazing land near the town of Bororen, south of Gladstone, and will become one of the largest solar parks in Australia. The project was granted planning consent by the Gladstone Regional Council in the summer of 2018, which also allows the developer to couple the power plant with an 82 MW/164 MWh of battery storage capacity.
According to the project’s website, the solar park is expected to generate up to 625 GW of electricity per year, or enough to cover the consumption of around 88,000 homes.
Sydney-based Renew Estate is a joint venture between Wirsol Energy Pty Ltd, whose parent is Germany-based Wircon, Energy Estate and Beast Solutions.