Massive New Solar Plant in Australia Will Power Over 200k Homes


Gunning, New South Wales, Australia will be receiving a 316 MW solar project thanks to solar project developer and service provider Photon Energy.

Photon Energy said that the project should begin construction sometime in early 2019, and is currently in the planning stage with the project going through processing by the State Significant Development for New South Wales, as well as the grid connection process. Transgrid will be connecting the plant to the grid, and the project will necessitate the construction of a 300 MW AC substation to connect the plant to Transgrid’s 330 KV network.

“Gunning is to date the largest solar project Photon Energy is developing with a view of making a material contribution to Australia’s goal of meeting its renewable energy target”, said Managing Director of Photon Energy Australia, Michael Gartner.

Gartner said that Photon Energy will also create further large-scale solar power plants in Australia, with a combined capacity of 42 MWp. Photon Energy has been operating in Australia for a few years now, and until this recent power plant project the company was mainly constructing solar rooftop projects in Australia’s major cities.

“Today’s announcement puts us into a leading position in the Australian market for utility-scale solar projects and confirms our ability to identify suitable locations in the world’s sunniest continent and reinforces our commitment to contribute substantially to the transformation of Australia’s energy mix towards renewable energy sources”, explained Chief Executive Officer of Photon Energy NV, Georg Hotar.