According to The Australian Financial Review, the country's biggest solar farm will be built near Chinchilla in Queensland thanks to a major electricity purchasing contract signed by the state government's renewable energy generator CleanCo.
The news of a go-ahead for the delayed $570 million Western Downs project by French company Neoen comes as a leading consultancy advised of a major hit to the pace of the renewable energy roll-out due to COVID-19.
Rystad Energy said up to 3 gigawatts of renewable energy projects had been postponed or cancelled in Australia due to the pandemic, largely because of the weakening in the Australian dollar, which had made projects uneconomic.
Neoen's Western Downs project will have a total capacity of 460 to 480 megawatts, of which CleanCo will buy 352 megawatts. Construction will start in July, with production to start in the first quarter of 2022.
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