The 664-acre 112MW Karadoc solar farm located 35km south of the township of Mildura has started generating power into the grid.
The solar farm is one of the largest ever in Victoria and will be fully completed towards the end of 2018.
The project is being developed by global renewable energy developer, service provider and wholesaler, BayWa r.e. and is being constructed by Melbourne-based Beon Energy Solutions.
Once fully operational its 330,000 photovoltaic cells will generate enough power to supply 65,000 Australian homes.
Daniel Gäfke, Managing Director of BayWa r.e. Solar, said, “We are delighted that this landmark project for Australia, the state of Victoria and BayWa r.e. is now generating green energy. It’s a tremendous achievement and means our Karadoc solar farm is now contributing directly to Australia’s renewable transition and sustainability goals.”
A large part of the power generated by the Karadoc solar farm will be used by major Australian brewer, Carlton and United Breweries, following the signing of a 12-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) earlie rin 2018.
The brewery, who has committed to source 100 per cent of its electricity from renewables, will draw 74,0000MWh of solar energy from the plant once fully completed.