The Western Downs Green Power Hub will be a 460-megawatt solar farm that consists of approximately 1,545 hectares of solar panel fields and 150 megawatts of battery storage. It will connect to the state's main transmission network both directly and via battery storage.
|May 2020||Contract Award|
|Jul 2020||Construction Commencement|
|Oct 2020||Financial Close|
|Mar 2022||Expected Construction Completion|
Neoen has completed debt financing for the project, retaining 100 per cent of the equity stake in Western Downs Green Power Hub. The Syndicate comprises seven lenders, including: Natixis, Société Générale, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, MUFG Bank, NORD/LB, HSBC and Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
|Procuring Agency:||The developer, Neoen, was responsible for appointing the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor.|
|Successful Tenderer:||Sterling & Wilsons were appointed as the EPC contractor for the project.|
|Jul 2018||The project received planning approvals.|
|May 2020||Neoen awarded EPC contract for the project to Sterling & Wilson. The Queensland Government also announced that construction of the project would proceed after a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was signed between the Queensland Government's renewable energy agency CleanCo and Neoen. Under the PPA, CleanCo will purchase 320 megawatts of output from the Western Downs Green Power Hub.|
|Oct 2020||Neoen completed debt financing for the project, retaining 100 per cent of the equity stake in Western Downs Green Power Hub. $600 million in debt will be provided by a syndicate of seven lenders.|