Victoria Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio has opened the renewable energy company Neoen’s 128MW Numurkah solar farm.

The solar farm consists of nearly 350,000 solar panels installed on 500 hectares of land south of Numurkah in Victoria, Australia.

Numurkah solar farm will be capable of generating nearly 255,000MWh of clean, renewable electricity into the national power grid on an annual basis.

It is one of two solar farms that will be supplying 100% renewable energy to offset the entire tram network in Melbourne.

The original project size was 34MW, which increased to 128MW following a 15-year deal with SIMEC ZEN. The deal secured by Neoen is to power the Laverton Steelworks.

Neoen Australia managing director Louis de Sambucy said: “The Numurkah Solar Farm is a significant milestone for Neoen, one that could not have been achieved without the support of the Victorian Government.

“As the biggest solar farm in Victoria, it will deliver enormous benefit as it powers transport, industry and more.”

Lily D’Ambrosio said: “This is Victoria’s largest solar farm, we’re proud to have supported a project that has delivered hundreds of jobs in regional Victoria.”

“The Numurkah solar farm will play an important role in supporting the transformation of our energy system towards clean, renewable energy and reaching our renewable energy target of 50% by 2030.”

The greenhouse gas emissions reduction delivered by Numurkah solar farm will be the equivalent to taking 75,000 cars off the road or planting 390,000 trees.