American solar photovoltaic manufacturer First Solar has been awarded the contract to supply 140 megawatts worth of solar modules to the Sun Metals Solar Farm in North Queensland, Australia — the largest solar project in the country.
First Solar announced on Wednesday that it had been awarded the module supply contract for the 140 megawatts (MW) Sun Metals Solar Farm set to be constructed in North Queensland. Upon completion, the project is expected to be the largest solar project in Australia, and will be made up of more than 1,167,000 thin-film photovoltaic modules, to produce approximately 270,000 megawatt-hours of electricity in its first year of operation.
“Large-scale solar is fast becoming one of the most cost-effective sources of energy generation in Australia,” said Jack Curtis, First Solar’s Regional Manager for Asia Pacific. “This project represents the viability of the commercial and industrial solar market in Australia, and the growing trend of major energy consumers owning and operating renewable energy assets.”
“Sun Metals is pleased to sponsor this landmark project for Australia, and we recognise the importance of quality and performance in every choice we have made for the delivery of the project,” added Yun Choi, Sun Metals’ CEO and Vice President Korea Zinc. “There is significant value in partnering with trusted and reliable partners like First Solar. The development and realisation of the project will benefit from First Solar’s broad capabilities and market experience, in addition to their industry leading technology.”
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