Victoria’s largest solar plant Karadoc has now started generating energy into the national grid.
The 664-acre 112MW solar plant will be fully completed towards the end of this year but has already started generating power. 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.
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Managing director of BayWa r.e. Daniel Gäfke said the team is 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,” he said.
A large part of the power generated by the Karadoc solar farm will be used by major Australian brewer Carlton & United Breweries, following the signing of a 12-year power purchase agreement (PPA) earlier this year.
The brewery, which has committed to source 100 per cent of its electricity from renewables, will draw 74,0000 MWh of solar energy from the plant once fully completed.