August 13 (Renewables Now) - The 42.5-MW Collinsville solar power project in Queensland has started to generate electricity, developer Ratch Australia Corp said on Monday.
The project is now undergoing a staged testing and commissioning process and is expected to reach full commercial operation in September.
The AUD-100-million (USD 73m/EUR 64m) facility, which is located next to a decommissioned coal-fired power station, features 164,000 solar panels.
"The project showcases how old coal-fired generation sites can be repurposed as new renewable energy bases, benefiting from existing infrastructure, while helping to transform Australia's energy mix," said Ratch EGM business development Anthony Yeates.
The solar farm has received financing from the government-owned Clean Energy Finance Corp (CEFC) and a grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). It will sell electricity and Large-scale Generation Certificates (LGCs) to Alinta Energy through 2030.
(AUD 1 = USD 0.727/EUR 0.639)