First Solar to deliver 63 MW modules to Kidston solar project in Australia
Post date: 14/02/2017 - 20:02
US thin-film module producer First Solar Inc. will supply 63 MW modules to the »Kidston« solar project in the state of Queensland in Australia. The project is located next to the proposed 330 MW Kidston pumped storage project. Power provider Genex Power Limited will integrate solar generation with a pumped hydroelectricity energy storage system. The solar facility will produce approximately 145,000 MWh in its first year of operation. The electricity will be sold via a Power Purchase Agreement supported by the Queensland Government. Construction of the project will be managed by UGL Engineering Pty Ltd. and is on schedule to commence in the first half of 2017.
In December 2016, Australian’s Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) signed an agreement to support Genex’s AUD 126 million (USD 93 million) »Kidston« solar project with AUD 8.9 million (USD 6.5 million). It is located at one of the highest solar radiation areas in Australia, some 270 km north west of Townsville, near the township of Georgetown. Once a new transmission line has been built to the site, Phase Two will expand the total capacity of the solar farm up to 270 MW.
In November, Genex completed a study which found the construction of a pumped storage facility operating alongside the solar farm was technically feasible. In February 2016, Genex Power has obtained development approval by the Etheridge Shire Council for the construction of a PV plant at the Kidston mine site.