Australia’s Verve Energy opens the country’s biggest solar farm

12 October 2012 05:38  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Australia’s Verve Energy has opened the country’s largest photovoltaic solar farm this week, the company said on Friday.

The 10-megawatt (MW) Greenough River Solar Farm near Geraldton, Western Australia, was opened on 10 October, according to a press statement.

Both Verve Energy, a Western Australian state-owned power utility, and the US GE Energy Financial Services have an equal share of the solar farm, it said.

The plant is expected to generate enough solar energy to power 3,000 homes and displace 20,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year, according to Verve.

The plant's output will be purchased by the Western Australia’s Water Corp to help offset the energy requirements of its Southern Seawater Desalination Plant, the statement showed.

US First Solar will provide operations and maintenance services for the next 15 years for the plant, besides supplying over 150,000 of its advanced thin film PV modules and engineering, procurement and construction services, it said.

By: Felicia Loo

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