Photon Energy to build a 316 MW solar plant in NSW

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Global solar power solutions and services company Photon Energy has unveiled plans to build the biggest PV project in NSW, comparable in size to conventional utility scale power stations.

The 316 MW solar power plant, which would be constructed on 590 ha of land near Gunning, is expected to enter construction phase in early 2019.

The company, which is also developing further large-scale solar power plants with a combined capacity of 42 MWp in Australia, said the plant was currently going through the Permitting and Grid Connection process.

“The project is progressing through the New South Wales government State Significant Development process,” Photon Energy said in a press release.

“At the same time the grid Connection Process  is underway with Transgrid, the local operator of the major high voltage transmission network, for the design of a substation for approximately 300 MW AC to be connected to Transgrid’s 330 KV network.”

The company’s CEO of Georg Hotar said the project would make a material contribution to Australia’s goal of meeting its renewable energy target.

“Today’s announcement puts us into a leading position in the Australian market for utility-scale solar projects and confirms our ability to identify suitable locations in the world’s sunniest continent and reinforces our commitment to contribute substantially to the transformation of Australia’s energy mix towards renewable energy sources,” Mr Hotar concluded.

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