Phillip Riley

Equis Energy to Build 1,000MW Solar Farm in Queensland

The Wandoan solar farm will be the new addition to the various solar and wind projects in Queensland. The construction of the solar farm will commence when important negotiations on off-take arrangements are done. The Wandoan solar farm will include 3 million solar PV panels and is expected to produce 1.8 million megawatts of electricity a year.

A report from Reneweconomy stated that Equis would spend around $1.5 billion for the project, which will be built in stages. There is a probability that the plant would cover 1,400 hectares, but it has actually more than 5,000 hectares available.

There is already an existing infrastructure that Equis could utilise and it includes new transmission assets. The transmission assets were installed to support the gas industry, which has the highest demand for the region due to the gas export sector.

The firm also plans to construct the 127-megawatt Tailem Bend solar project in South Australia near a diesel plant of Snowy Hydro. Furthermore, Equis also eyes the 150-megawatt Collinsville north solar farm and other projects in the pipeline in New South Wales and South Australia. All projects that Equis is currently are considered “battery storage ready.”
David Russell, Chairman of Equis stated, “Equis is committed to developing large-scale solar generation in rural areas to ensure employment opportunities and economic growth in local communities.”

Mayor Paul McVeigh of the Western Downs Regional Council expressed that the council hopes to become “the Energy Capital” of Australia. In an interview, he told Toowoomba Chronicle, “We have our coal and coal-fired power stations and coal seam gas. Now we have a third wave of energy with solar farms about to start construction. We are proud to be making ourselves the energy capital of Queensland and, we hope, Australia.”

For the full report, visit this website.

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