The first solar PV table has been installed at the Greenough River Solar Farm in Western Australia.
The project, a joint venture between Verve Energy and GE Energy Financial Services, will see the creation of the largest solar power generator in Australia.
Construction of the 10-megawatt solar farm near Geraldton began four months ago and has focused to date on the installation of above ground electrical works and structural elements that will support the 150,000 solar panels across an area of 80ha.
WA Energy Minister Peter Collier said the project would be a major source of renewable energy and a benchmark example of how solar power could be farmed and distributed to the wider community and industry.
“No other jurisdiction in Australia has done what we are doing here in the Mid-West region of Western Australia, and this development clearly illustrates that, once again, we are setting the standard for the rest of the nation,” he said.
“The Greenough River Solar project will generate enough electricity for 3,000 average homes while displacing 20,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas each year, which is the equivalent of taking 4,000 vehicles off the road.
“There is an appetite for solar energy and an expectation that governments and electricity generators like Verve Energy will build solar farms and other renewable energy projects. I look forward to returning here in a few months to open this magnificent development.”