The Warwick solar farm has become the latest latest large scale solar project to be registered in the state of Queensland, and has been sending its first power to the grid as it begins the detailed and complex commissioning process with the Australian Energy Market Operator and its local transmission network.
The 64MW Warwick solar farm is the latest of an estimated 25 large scale solar farms to be built so far in Queensland, with more to come, including the country’s biggest at Western Downs, and was actually completed and energised in June, and has been generating small amounts under Notifiable Exemptions since then.
However, the formal registration process is now complete (September 18) and, armed with its new electrical identities, it has sent the first generation to the grid as it begins to work its way through the commissioning process.
The solar farm is actually split into two distinct generating unit of 32MW each – WARWSF1 and WARWSF2 – and the power is contracted to the University of Queensland, helping it claim a 100 per cent renewable energy supply.
“We’re looking forward to continuing to work closely with Energy Queensland and AEMO during Hold Point commissioning on the ramp up to full commercial operation,” project director Andrew Wilson told RenewEconomy. The process should take several months.