Photon Energy develops 316MW solarpower plant in New South Wales


Solarpower solutions provider Photon Energy NV is developing a 316MW plant near Gunning, New South Wales.

To be built on 590ha of land, this plant will be one of the biggest photovoltaic (PV) projects in Australia. 

Currently, works regarding permits and grid connection are underway. Construction of the plant is likely to commence in early 2019.

The grid connection process is managed by Transgrid, which operates high-voltage transmission networks in New South Wales.

"Gunning is, to date, the largest solar project Photon Energy is developing."

Photon Energy Australia's managing director Michael Gartner said: “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."

Photon Energy is also building solarpower plants with a total capacity of 42MWp.

The company's chief executive officer (CEO) Georg Hotar said: “The 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.”