UK-based solar and storage projects developer Luminous Energy has initiated connection works for its proposed 162MW Columboola Solar Farm in Queensland, Australia.

Luminous Energy CEO Jolyon Orchard said: “We created Luminous Energy to deliver renewable energy projects that generate affordable, low carbon electricity. We’ve achieved significant global growth over the last five years and this project demonstrates the scale of our ambition.

“Columboola is a high point in our growth to deliver gigawatts of clean energy to people across the worldwide, improve lives and dramatically cut carbon. The opportunity is virtually unlimited.”

Located near Miles, Columboola is Luminous’ largest project to date and it will be connected to Powerlink’s transmission network. Powerlink is an electricity transmission system operator in Queensland.

Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham said: “We welcome the solar farm as another important large-scale renewable energy project for this region and Queensland’s largest solar development to date.

“Our state’s renewable revolution is full steam ahead and we continue to show the way for the rest of the nation.”

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Multinational professional services provider PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has agreed to secure investment for the Columboola project for Luminous Energy.

Construction works on Columboola are expected to commence early in 2020.

Luminous Energy has stated that it intends to use Columboola as a springboard to expand its presence in existing markets as well as enter new markets across the globe.