Energy and infrastructure company Adani Australia, part of India’s Adani Group, announced the switch-on of its Rugby Run solar farm and that its 247,000 solar panels have started supplying renewable power to regional Queensland homes and businesses.
This is Adani’s first solar project in Australia. Located near the town of Moranbah it reached mechanical completion in October 2018. The site is more than 600 hectares in size. In phase one, Rugby Run Solar Farm will supply 65MW of renewable power and has the capacity to expand up to 170MW.
The farm will generate 185,000 MWh of power each year or the equivalent to power about 23,000 homes each year in phase one.
Adani has sold 80% of the energy generated through a power purchase agreement. The balance 20% will be sold on the spot market.
Adani Australia self-financed the Rugby Run project and managed construction contractors directly to ensure cost-efficient and timely delivery.
The solar farm has been built for Queensland’s conditions. The panels are programmed to rotate to track the sun most efficiently and also to move to the most effective angles to withstand inclement wind and weather.
Adani Australia Business Manager Derek Chapman said:
“We are able to leverage Adani’s expertise as India’s leading generator of solar power and manufacturer of solar panels when delivering our renewables projects in Australia.”
Source: Press Release by Adani Australia.