Western Downs Solar Project
REP (Yellow Solar) is developing the 250MW Western Downs Solar Project in South East Queensland.
The proposed Western Downs Solar Farm is located on land surrounding the Powerlink Western Downs sub-station near the Kogan Creek Power Station in Hopeland, Queensland. The solar farm will be capable of delivering up to 250MW of renewable energy and consist of up to 900 000 solar PV panels on 500ha with battery storage of up to 50MW (200MWh). The project would have a generation capacity of up to about one-third that of the adjacent Kogan Creek Power Station (peak).
The project has secured landholder agreements and development approval, and is in the final stages of the connection offer process with Powerlink. Western Downs Solar Project is one of only three large scale solar projects under development in Queensland to be given the ‘green’ light for its prospectivity by AEMO due to the stability and capacity of the part of the grid into which the project will connect. The Western Downs substation is located between the existing fossil fuel power stations of Kogan Creek, Tarong and Braemer and on one of the key high voltage interconnectors to NSW.
REP is in discussion with a number of parties on a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the project. REP expects that the first stage of the project, ~120MW, will commence construction during 2020.