The Oakey 1 solar farm in Queensland has begun production, albeit small, becoming the second large scale solar project in the last week to join the grid.
Oakey 1 is the 25MW first stage of what will be an 80MW solar farm
built by Canadian Solar and located to the west of Toowoomba. It joins the grid just days after the Lilyvale solar farm to the north, owned by Spanish company FRV, also made its first injections into the grid.
This graph below, supplied by Paul McArdle from Global Roam, the providers of our popular NEM-Watch
widget, reveals the initial production earlier this week. It will likely take a few weeks or months until it gets through all the clearances and can reach full production.
Oakey 1 is the last to join the grid of 12 solar farms that received funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency's
large scale funding round that announced a total of $90 million in support in late 2016. Canadian received $2.2 million towards the then estimated project cost of $47.5 million.
Part of its delay may be sheeted home to the fact that its EPC contractor was RCR Tomlinson, which went bust
and exited the solar
business after cost over-runs and connection delays at other projects.
Giles Parkinson is founder and editor of Renew Economy
, and is also the founder of One Step Off The Grid
and founder/editor of The Driven
. Giles has been a journalist for 35 years and is a former business and deputy editor of the Australian Financial Review.