Moree Solar Farm to create enough power for 45,000 homes

23 June 2011

Moree will be the location for a $923 million solar power plant which is expected to generate more than 400 gigawatt hours of electricity a year, enough power for 45,000 homes.

The Federal Government announced on 18 June that the Moree Solar Farm consortium - comprising partners BP Solar, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures and Pacific Hydro - had been successful under its $1.5 billion Solar Flagship Program.

Investment Attraction (Office of Trade, Business & Industry), Energy Branch and Crown Lands (Primary Industry) were part of a NSW Government taskforce supporting NSW bids under the Solar Flagship program.  Investment Attraction is assisting BP Solar with project planning.

Building work on the 150 megawatt Moree Solar Farm is expected to start in mid 2012, with the project to cover an area of over 1,200 hectares.

Up to 400 full time jobs are expected to be created during the four year construction period with 15-20 full time ongoing jobs created once the solar farm is operational.

The Federal Government will contribute $306.5 million to the project with the NSW Government contributing $120 million. The project is expected to add $210 million gross value added to the NSW economy.

The Solar Flagship Program aims to build four projects amounting to 1 gigawatt of installed solar capacity over two rounds, split between two technologies, solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal.