Photon Energy starts building 7-MWp solar duo in Australia
Photon Energy and Leeton Shire Council members break ground on two solar farms in Leeton, Australia. Image by Photon Energy (www.photonenergy.com)
Amsterdam-based solar company Photon Energy NV (WSE:PEN) this morning turned the first sod on two photovoltaic (PV) power plant projects totalling 14 MWp outside the town of Leeton, Australia.
Each solar farm will have a grid connection capacity of 4.9 MW in alternating current (AC) and an installed capacity of 7 MWp in direct current (DC). Once in operation, the pair will generate some 27.8 GWh of electricity per year.
Photon Energy will source EPC and O&M services from Photon Energy Engineering Australia Pty Ltd and Photon Energy Operations Australia Pty Ltd, respectively, and own and operate the plants on merchant basis.
The projects are located in an energy intensive region, which traditionally imports electricity from faraway coal-fired power plants to support citrus fruits, rice, cotton and wine production, Photon said.
Once connected, the solar farms will feed into the grid of New South Wales government-owned network operator Essential Energy as non-scheduled generators.
Photon plans to finalise the projects by the end of the fourth quarter of 2020. The new addition will beef up the company’s global PV portfolio to 88.7 MWp.
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