New Projects, Renewables, Solar

First Solar to Supply Largest Solar Project in Australia

By Editors of Power Engineering

First Solar Inc. announced it was awarded the module supply contract for a solar facility that will be the largest on the entire continent of Australia.

The Sun Metals Solar Farm 15 kilometers south of Townsville in North Queensland will use 1.17 million photovoltaic panels to generate 140 MW for the Sun Metals zinc refinery, a member of the Korea Zinc Group. Construction is scheduled to begin in April.

“Large-scale solar is fast becoming one of the most cost-effective sources of energy generation in Australia. This project represents the viability of the commercial and industrial solar market in Australia, and the growing trend of major energy consumers owning and operating renewable energy assets,” said Jack Curtis, First Solar’s regional manager for Asia Pacific.

First Solar said its technology has a higher energy yield than crystalline silicon technology in hot and humid climates such as Townsville due to its lower temperature coefficient, linear shading response and superior spectral response.