Renewable energy firm Equis Energy has secured an approval from the Western Downs Regional Council in Queensland to set up the 1,000MW Wandoan South Solar Project (WSSP) in Australia.
The proposed solar project, spanning over an area of 1,424 hectares, will be built with an investment of AUD1.5bn ($1.18bn).
The solar project will be connected to Powerlink’s Wandoan South substation, and will add battery storage when commercially feasible so that energy can be stored for power generation in the evening.
WSSP will feature up to three million solar PV panels and have a generation output of approximately 1,800,000 megawatt hours per year (MWh/year).
The power generated by the project will be equivalent to the annual needs of 255,000 homes, and can save over 1. 7 million tonnes of CO2 annually compared to same generated from coal‐fired power.
Construction of the project is scheduled to commence in 2018 and is expected to be operational in 2019.
Equis Energy chairman David Russell: “As Asia‐Pacific’s largest renewable energy IPP, Equis is excited about leveraging its economies of scale in the growing Australian market to deliver low‐cost renewable energy.
“Equis is committed to developing large‐scale solar generation in rural areas to provide employment opportunities and support economic growth in local communities.”