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ACT Government announces two new solar farms

TWO additional new large-scale solar farms will be built in Canberra after the winning bidders in the latest stage of the ACT's Solar Auction were announced last week by ACT Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell.

Mr Corbell said the two new solar farms to be developed in Canberra are the result of the government's Solar Auction process, which will contribute over $100 million worth of capital investment in renewable energy for the city.

The winners of the regular stream process of the ACT Solar Auction are:

  • Zhenfa Solar for their 13 megawatt Mugga Lane Solar Park on the corner of Mugga Lane and the Monaro Hwy, adjacent to the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre; and
  • OneSun for their 7 megawatt OneSun Capital Solar Farm in the district of Coree, near Uriarra Village.

"Including the FRV Royalla Solar Farm announced in September 2012, the three solar farms will produce renewable energy, equivalent to the power needs of 10,000 Canberra households, and zero emissions," Mr Corbell said.

"The ACT Solar Auction is delivering large-scale renewable energy at an affordable price. The maximum cost to households is expected to be 45 cents per week when all three farms are operating in 2016.  This is forecast to drop to 27 cents per household per week by 2021."

The three projects will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1.4 million tonnes over the 20 year feed-in tariff entitlement period, according to the government. Capital costs of the three proposals combined will exceed $100 million, with approximately 165 people expected to be employed during their construction.

"This project is delivering on the ACT Labor Government's vision by beginning the transition from fossil fuel energy sources to cleaner renewable energy sources like solar," Mr Corbell said.

"The delivery of this nation leading project is a big step for the ACT towards our greenhouse gas reduction targets of 40% by 2020, and becoming a carbon neutral city by 2060."

Further information about the projects and the Solar Auction process is available from the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate's Solar Auction website at <http://www.environment.act.gov.au/energy/solar_auction>.

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