October 17 (Solar) – French renewables developer Total Eren announced today the start of construction work on a 256.5-MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Australia.
The Kiamal Solar Farm is located in the state of Victoria, Australia and its Stage 1 will comprise over 720,000 PV panels with single-axis trackers, covering more than 500 hectares (1,235.5 acres). The project is expected to reach commercial operations in mid-2019 and upon completion, it will be Victoria’s largest solar park, generating enough power to meet the annual needs of over 133,500 local households. The beginning of construction was celebrated today in Melbourne.
The plant already has three power purchase agreements (PPAs) in place for the supply of electricity and green certificates — one with Mars Australia and two with Flow Power and Alinta Energy.
Total Eren plans to expand the Kiamal solar farm with a second stage of up to 194 MWp and is exploring commercial options for 380 MWh of approved energy storage, the announcement says.
A consortium that is jointly managed by Biosar Australia, part of the Greek infrastructure group Aktor SA, and Canadian Solar is in charge of building the first-stage facility.
Total Eren is also collaborating with TransGrid to deliver a new 220-kV Kiamal terminal station and collector substation.