Work has begun on Neoen’s Numurkah solar farm in Victoria, following financial close.

Located on the Goulburn Valley Highway in northwest Victoria, the 128MW renewable energy project is supported by a 38MW Green Certificate Purchase agreement by the Victorian Government and a 15-year power purchase agreement with GFG Alliance’s SIMEC ZEN Energy.

The total project cost is approximately$198 million, funded in combination by Neoen, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), clients managed by Vantage Infrastructure, and German Landesbank NORD/LB.

Downer EDI has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the power plant.

Full construction begun in late July with the first panels expected to be installed in October 2018 and commercial operations slated to begin in May 2019.

At the peak of construction, the solar farm is expected to create up to 300 new jobs for the Numurkah region.

Once completed, the solar farm will generate over 255GWh of emission-free, clean, competitive renewable energy per annum.

Franck Woitiez, Managing Director of Neoen Australia, said the successful financial close of Numurkah is one of the most significant milestones for the company’s local operations.

“Numurkah is an important project for Neoen, firstly because it marks the achievement of our first Gigawatt of projects in Australia, either under construction or in operation.

“Secondly, because the Victorian Government and ZEN Energy are long-term partners for Neoen, and this project proves that collectively, we are moving towards our aim of delivering sustainable, reliable and competitive energy to all Australians.”

Through its repeated support and innovative approach to renewable energy, the Victorian Government has enabled this project which will deliver even more benefits to the state.

Minister for Energy, Lily D’Ambrosio, said, “We’re supporting the renewables sector to create local jobs and deliver affordable, clean energy..

“We’ve backed the Numurkah solar farm every step of the way to drive down energy prices, create jobs and reduce emissions.”

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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