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Australia approves the construction of an 800 MW solar park in Queensland

The Australian Federal Ministry of Environment and Water has approved the Punchs Creek renewable energy project, which features an 800 MW solar park and a 250 MW/250 MWh battery energy storage system. The project, located near Toowoomba in Queensland (eastern Australia), is being developed by the Brisabane-based Skylab Australia. 

The project, which will be able to supply 300,000 Australian households, includes the installation of 1.7 million solar PV panels, which will connect to the existing Powerlink transmission line. The first phase of construction will deliver 400 MW of solar along with the battery and associated infrastructure including a substation, while the second phase will add a further 400 MW of solar.

As of end 2023, solar represented nearly 32% of Australia’s installed capacity with over 33 GW and about 16% of its power generation with 43 TWh.

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