Western Downs Green Power Hub




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Western Downs Green Power Hub
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STATUS: Announced
VALUE: $570M AUD
SECTOR: Energy
JURISDICTION: QLD
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Unknown
TYPE: Greenfield

The Western Downs Green Power Hub will be Australia's largest solar farm once built. The 400 megawatt solar farm will consist 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.

In May 2020, the Queensland Government announced that construction of the project would go ahead in the State's Western Downs region. This followed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) being signed between the Queensland Government's renewable energy agency CleanCo and Neoen.

Under the PPA, CleanCo will purchase 320 megawatts of output from Neoen's $570 million Western Downs Green Power Hub. This provided Neoen with the certainty needed to go ahead with construction of the project. The project received planning approval in 2018 but has experienced delays in reaching financial close.

With the PPA signed, construction is due to commence in July 2020. Some parts of the project are expected to be operational from early 2022, with the full project complete by 2024.



Last reviewed: 08/05/2020

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