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Acciona, Gransolar to develop 100MW solar facility in Australia

EBR Staff Writer Published 05 October 2017

Acciona Industrial, along with Gransolar (GRS), will develop a 100MWac photovoltaic plant in Australia.

A joint venture (JV) of both firms will build new solar farm in Lilyvale, which is around 50 km north east of Emerald in the state of Queensland.

Under the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, the JV will construct the new facility for solar developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV).

The new photovoltaic plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

A joint venture between ACCIONA Industrial and Gransolar (GRS), led by GRS, is set to construct one of Australia’s largest photovoltaic plants.

The new facility, which is being developed in around 396 hectares, will feature 379,260 photovoltaic modules with single-axis tracking systems and 25 transformer centres.

Lilyvale can generate clean energy that can be supplied to around 45,000 households in the region, helping to curb the emission of 175.000 tons of CO2 per annum.

FRV Australia managing director Cameron Garnsworthy said: Lilyvale Solar Farm – along with FRV’s other large-scale solar developments installed or under construction, will contribute around 280 MWac of clean energy capacity and brings the total value of FRV’s solar investments in the Australian renewable energy sector to around A$ 700m (US$ 550m)”.

Acciona Industrial managing director Ramón Jiménez said: “Acciona has a significant presence in Australia, and this project represents another step in our commitment to developing sustainable and innovative infrastructure in the country.”

The consortium, including Acciona, Gransolar and Ghella, secured a contract to build Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park in Dubai.

Once operational, the phase III project will be the world’s largest photovoltaic plant with a capacity of around 1,054MW.

Image: Acciona and Gransolar to develop 100MWac photovoltaic plant in Lilyvale. Photo: courtesy of ACCIONA S.A.