Glenrowan solar farm achieves maximum capacity powering 45,000 homes

Solar farm at full power for CIMIC's Pacific Partnerships. Image credit: CIMIC Group

CIMIC Group’s Pacific Partnerships and UGL announced the Glenrowan Solar Farm in Victoria has reached full power just 12 months from financial close.

The 130MWdc solar farm, situated in Victoria’s North East Renewable Energy Zone (REZ), has not only completed testing for its final Hold Point but has also received conditional approval from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to operate at its maximum capacity.

According to CIMIC, this milestone marks a significant step forward for the project, which began supplying renewable electricity to the national network just three months after its initial energisation.

Owned by Pacific Partnerships, a leading greenfield infrastructure developer, and delivered by industrial services company UGL, the Glenrowan Solar Farm is set to provide power for approximately 45,000 Australian homes.

Moreover, it plays a crucial role in supporting Victoria’s renewable energy targets of 40 per cent by 2025 and 50 per cent by 2030.

CIMIC Group Executive Chairman Juan Santamaria emphasised the importance of this achievement, stating, “Achieving full power for Glenrowan within a year demonstrates CIMIC’s ability to reliably develop and deliver renewable energy into the national market.”

Santamaria highlighted how this project aligns with CIMIC Group’s strategy of expanding into growth markets, particularly in renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure.

Pacific Partnerships’ Managing Director Simon Nicholls hailed the project’s progress, noting, “Glenrowan Solar Farm is now commissioned and remains on track to reach practical completion ahead of schedule.”

He attributed this success to the collaborative efforts of the Pacific and UGL teams, as well as the support from regulatory authorities and network operators.

UGL Managing Director Doug Moss underscored the importance of receiving approval to operate at full power, indicating the high-quality performance of the solar farm.

Moss highlighted “Smooth delivery of the solar farm and efficient commissioning demonstrates the benefit of close cooperation between two CIMIC Group companies, with aligned objectives for clean energy transition and community benefit.”

With grid connection and services agreements in place with AusNet and AEMO, the Glenrowan Solar Farm represents just one component of Pacific Partnerships’ ambitious 2.5GW suite of energy projects.

Additionally, through its Community Benefit Sharing Program, the solar farm will continue to provide positive impacts on the local community for the next decade.