Conergy’s Lakeland solar farm in Queensland will also comprise a major storage facility partially funded with $17.4 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
The 10.8MW Lakeland project in Far North Queensland will also include a 1.4-5.3 MW lithium-ion battery, making it one of the first large solar projects in Australia to incorporate storage.
Lakeland has a power purchase deal with Origin Energy, which has signed up to purchase around 156 MW of solar in a series of three deals this year.
Origin chief Frank Calabria said the company aspired to be Australia’s “largest renewables company” and the nation’s single largest investor in utility scale solar.
Conergy managing director David McCallum said construction of the Lakeland project would commence in September this year and be completed by April.
Lakeland represents an investment of $42.5 million by German-based Conergy.
The project, which will generate enough power for 3000 homes, will be connected to the grid by Queensland state-owned utility Ergon Energy.