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Moree Solar Farm

 

During the site selection process over 50 locations across Australia were identified and assessed for development potential. Of these Moree, known locally as big sky country, and taking its name from a Kamilaroi word meaning ‘rising sun’, was identified as the best location for this large scale solar project due to the intense levels of solar radiation experienced in the area, the large amount of flat land available, good transport links and proximity to the national electricity grid.

 

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SUNNY DAYS AHEAD FOR MOREE SOLAR FARM

 

Moree’s Solar Farm development is officially under way, with Mayor Katrina Humphries turning the first sod of dirt to officiate the construction process. Once complete, the project, located 10kms south of town covering 350 hectares, will be a national leader in renewable energy, courtesy of the sun.

 

Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries, who was joined by executives from the Spanish company behind the project, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), said the commencement of the project marked one of the happiest days of her Council career.

 

“Today represents a very exciting milestone and we look forward to developments over the coming months” Mayor Humphries said.

 

She said the project would not have been possible without the unwavering support of FRV, the local community, the Federal Member for Parkes, NSW state government, and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation who provided funding for the project.

 

Those who gathered at today’s sod turning event agreed that one of the key reasons solar made sense for the region was the long-term positive legacy.

 

“We have an excellent solar window which is one of the reasons Moree is one the richest agricultural shires in Australia” Cr Humphries said.

 

When it comes to using that sunshine to generate energy, Moree is emerging as a leader in Australia. Not only will it be the first solar farm in Australia to include single-axis tracking on such a large scale, it will also break new ground by becoming the first in Australia to be built on a “merchant” basis. This means it will sell its output into the National Electricity Market, rather than rely on a contract with a major retailer.

 

“Generating our own clean energy close to our customers allows us to reduce transmission losses, secure long-term rates, and keep more money local" Cr Humphries said. The Solar Farm will supply 15,000 homes when it's completed in late 2015 or early 2016, reducing Council’s CO2 emissions annually by 95,000 tonnes.

 

Local contractors and businesses are encouraged to attend a contractor engagement meeting on Wednesday, 12 November commencing 2pm at the Moree RSL Club. The meeting will provide the opportunity for local businesses to meet representatives of Green Light Constructions who are the EPC Contractor.

 

For more information about the Moree Solar Farm please visit www.moreesolarfarm.com.au