Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

New Farm Heats Up CQ Power; Powering 9000+ Homes

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

New Farm Heats Up CQ Power; Powering 9000+ Homes

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AS THE mercury rises in outback Australia, one small community is harnessing the power of the sun for the benefit of the country.

The Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm is expected to reach full generation by the end of the year, with the potential to produce enough renewable energy to power about 9800 households.

Elecnor Australia developed the farm, with $22.8 million in funding from ARENA and $20 million debt finance from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said Barcaldine would not only contribute to the creation of renewable energy for the country, but would provide economic benefit to regional communities.

"Barcaldine was one of the first ARENA-funded solar plants and has helped pave the way for the next generation of 12 large-scale solar farms to be built across the country by the end of next year," Mr Frischknecht said.

"Supported by ARENA, six big solar plants in Queensland, five in New South Wales and one in Western Australia are expected to triple Australia's large-scale solar capacity providing enough energy to power 150,000 average Australian homes. …

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