Spanish renewable energy companies Acciona and Gransolar have been awarded a contract by solar developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) to build a photovoltaic plant in Queensland, Australia.
The project, which will have a capacity of 100MWac, will be executed by a joint venture (JV) between Acciona Industrial and Gransolar (GRS), led by GRS.
Touted to be one of Australia’s largest photovoltaic plants, the project will be developed as a turnkey or EPC contract.
Under the contract, 379,260 photovoltaic modules with single-axis tracking systems will be installed and 25 transformer centres will be build on a 396-hectare site. During the construction phase, the project will create around 200 jobs.
Works on the project have already commenced and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Upon completion, the solar power plant will be able to supply clean energy to over 45,000 homes while reducing the emission of 175.000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere per annum.
FRV managing director of Australia Cameron Garnsworthy said: “Lilyvale Solar Farm – along with FRV’s other large-scale solar developments installed or under construction, will contribute around 280MWac of clean energy capacity and brings the total value of FRV’s solar investments in the Australian renewable energy sector to around AUD700m (US$550m).”