In addition it’s estimated that the annual greenhouse gas emissions reduced by the solar farm will be approximately 225,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent while at the same it will also save approximately 350,000 mega litres of clean drinking water compared to a coal-fired power station.
The Metz Solar Farm received Planning Approval in July 2017, and AEMO and Transgrid grid-connection approvals were secured in July 2018. Clenergy is in the final stages of awarding EPC and O&M contracts, and it is planned for construction to commence in early 2019, with commercial operation occurring in early 2020.
During the construction period, it is estimated that the project could potentially provide jobs for over 150 workers annually. “Securing such a prestigious offtake agreement with Snowy Hydro is an outstanding result, and we are pleased to work with Snowy in delivering sustainable clean energy for Australia”, said Daniel Hong, CEO of Clenergy.
Snowy Hydro’s CEO, Paul Broad, said it was great to sign a solar offtake agreement with Clenergy.
“Snowy Hydro’s Renewable Energy Procurement Program was massively oversubscribed. More than 17,600 megawatts of projects were submitted through the competitive process and 888 megawatts across eight contracts were signed,” Broad stated.
“Snowy Hydro selected those projects that offered competitive pricing and had credible pathways to commissioning in the next few years and enabled Snowy Hydro to construct an optimal portfolio of renewable offtakes.”