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Neoen Australia’s massive 400MW solar farm in the Queensland Western Downs region has reached a major new milestone, with connection to the electricity grid in the state’s south east now complete.

The solar farm is part of Neoen’s Western Downs Green Power Hub, located 22km south-east of Chinchilla, that will include a 200MW/400MWh big battery, and is expected to produce more than 1,080 GWh per year.

Production is still some way off, with final installations to be completed and a period of testing and commissioning.

Construction of the solar component of the Green Power Hub kicked off in July, 2020 – just as Covid-19 pandemic started to bite in Australia – off the back of a landmark deal with state-owned generator CleanCo to buy 320MW of its output.

The “significant milestone” for the project was marked on Thursday by Queensland energy minister Mick de Brenni, who described the progress of the Hub as a “further proof of Queensland’s credentials as a renewables superpower.”

[Sophie Vorrath]

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