With an inauguration ceremony MYTILINEOS Energy & Metals celebrated the ribbon cutting of its fully constructed 110MW Moura Solar Farm in Queensland Australia, on the 20th of June 2023.
Moura Solar Farm is part of the Company’s Australian portfolio, and it has already in place a long-term green Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with CS Energy Australia, a Queensland Government owned energy company. It is the first of our Queensland projects to commence operation, with a further two projects respectively in construction and about to commence construction in the Sunshine State. The project will generate enough electricity to power approximately 44,000 Australian homes.
“Mick de Brenni, Queensland’s Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen said: “It’s a fact that the cheapest form of electricity generation is large-scale solar, so it’s terrific to see the Moura Solar Farm generating another 82 MW (ac) of cheap, clean energy. More megawatts equals further downward pressure on power prices and greater reliability, so it’s fantastic to see this project adding to the Queensland SuperGrid.”
As Mayor Nev Ferrier stated “Today, we celebrate more than the opening of a solar farm; we celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the Banana Shire. I would like to thank to the dedicated team at MYTILINEOS Energy & Metals, who have worked in collaboration with Banana Shire Council to bring this solar farm to life. Their unwavering commitment and collective effort have resulted in a remarkable achievement.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Ian Kirkham, General Manager EPC & Director, Oceania Region stated that MYTILINEOS is proud to be contributing to Australia’s clean energy future. “It gives us great pleasure to formally inaugurate our first project, here in Queensland. We at MYTILINEOS would like to thank all stakeholders of the project, Gangaalu Nation as the traditional owners of the land, our offtaker CS Energy, Banana Shire Council, as well as our contractors and consultants across the project”, said Ian Kirkham.
MYTILINEOS always seeks to return value to the local communities in which it operates, by supporting local businesses and residents and contributing to important community activities. The site has been operational since 21st of October 2022, first export date. It was handed over to O&M on the 14th of April.
Since 2019, when MYTILINEOS first entered the Australian market, it has acquired, developed, and constructed several projects of renewable energy and energy storage with total investments amounting in 500 m. AUS dollars.
The Australian portfolio currently includes six sites located in New South Wales and Queensland, each between 30 and 110 MW as the Company continues to invest and to consolidate its position in the country. Specifically, MYTILINEOS’s Australian portfolio stands at 376MW. Most projects are connected with long-term Green PPAs with several offtakers.
The total capacity of MYTILINEOS’ international RES portfolio is accelerating, consisting of projects in several countries and various stages of development of more than 12.6 GW showcasing the global strategy of becoming an integrated energy company.