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Shell Australia plans 120-MW solar farm in Queensland

Solar panels. Author: Frédéric BISSON. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

February 15 (Renewables Now) - The Australian subsidiary of Dutch oil and gas major Royal Dutch Shell Plc (AMS:RDSA) plans to build a 120-MW solar farm in Queensland.

The chairman of Shell Australia, Zoe Yujnovich, stated that the company has well-advanced plans for a solar project that would be located on the land of its QGC onshore natural gas business near Wandoan in the Darling Downs.

Such a facility, if greenlit, would comprise about 400,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels and help reduce the emissions footprint of onshore gas production at QGC, she said at the first Melbourne Mining Club luncheon held earlier this week.

Shell has committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations globally and, Yujnovich noted, that the company does that through its existing relationship with firms such as Germany-based energy storage and energy sharing firm Sonnen GmbH.

Last May, the battery maker raised EUR 60 million (USD 67.7m) in a financing round led by Shell Ventures to accelerate its growth in markets such as the US and Australia. Sonnen has already installed more than 3,000 battery systems in Australia, Yujnovich said, adding that the firm has plans to further grow its business in the country.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.128)

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