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ACT's 3rd large-scale solar farm begins construction at Williamsdale

Simon Corbell MLA, ACT Minister for the Environment and Climate Change turns first sod at Williamsdale Solar Farm with Lane Crockett, Head of Renewable Infrastructure, Impact Investment Group

Construction of the 10MW Williamsdale Solar Farm has officially commenced near the southern border of the ACT.

The project is one of three solar farms to provide renewable energy for the Territory as part of the ACT's 100% by 2020 Renewable Energy Target.

ACT Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Simon Corbell, officiated at the sod-turning ceremony.

Project owner Impact Investment Group said the $35 million project will use single-axis tracking arrays consisting of 36,000 panels covering 29 hectares and expected to power more than 3,000 households from November.

IIG CEO Chris Lock said that once commissioned, all of the solar farm’s electricity would be sold to the ACT government under a 20 year contract, resulting in stable, predictable income.

“These factors underpinned IIG’s investment in Williamsdale,” he said.

We expect that Williamsdale will save approximately 460,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over its lifetime.”

Source: RenewEconomy

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