A 20 megawatt solar PV power plant is to be built near Canberra, Australia, after a renewable energy company from Spain won a reverse auction held by the ACT Government, Australia’s REneweconomy reports. The development could help pave the way for a “significant solar industry” in Australia.
The farm will be located at Royalla, which is 23 kilometers from central Canberra. The project will be developed by Spanish renewable energy company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), and will be Australia’s biggest when it’s finished in 2014. The solar panel plant be double the size of a plant being constructed by U.S. company First Solar near Geraldton.
The tender process was the first to be carried out by the ACT Government as part of its Big Solar plan to first allot 40 megawatts of capacity for solar projects. This will be raised to 210 megawatts by 2016, but will include other clean energy technologies as well.
Image: Artist’s impression of the Royalla solar project