Photon Energy commissions 14.6 MWp of Aussie solar

Leeton and Fivebough solar farms, NSW, Australia. Image by Photon Energy (

August 10 (Renewables Now) - Amsterdam-based Photon Energy NV (WSE:PEN) has commissioned its first utility-scale solar farms in Australia, bringing online 14.6 MWp of new capacity across two plants, the PV specialist announced on Tuesday.

The Leeton and Fivebough solar farms are located in the town of Leeton, New South Wales, where Photon’s team put up bifacial PV modules mounted on single-axis trackers. Photon said it expects the pair to produce some 27.8 GWh of power per year.

The plants are feeding into the grid of New South Wales government-owned network operator Essential Energy as non-scheduled generators, with their output sold on the National Electricity Market on a merchant basis.

The company does not rule out power purchase agreements (PPAs) and other hedging options in the future, it said.

Photon Energy developed the projects in-house. One of its Australian subsidiaries built the plants on an EPC basis, while another Photon unit will take care of the operations and maintenance services at both sites.

Leeton and Fivebough have raised Photon’s installed capacity in Australia to 14.7 MWp. Its global PV portfolio has now reached 89.3 MWp, the solar company added.

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