First Solar, Verve Energy, and GE Energy Financial Services have jointly announced that Australia’s first utility-scale solar power project is under way.

Output from the 10 MW project near Geraldton in Western Australia will contribute to offsetting the energy requirements of the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant. Verve Energy and GE Energy Financial Services will each own 50 per cent of the Greenough River Solar Farm.

The solar farm will be the first utility-scale PV project in Australia, ten times larger than any other operating solar project in the country.

The WA Water Corporation, which is building the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant, has committed to purchase 100 per cent of the solar farm’s output.

First Solar has agreed to supply over 150 000 of its advanced thin-film photovoltaic modules and provide EPC services, in addition to operations and maintenance support once the solar farm is operational.

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