Australia's largest solar farm is an area of 10,000 square kilometers in the uncultivated pastures between Alice Springs and Darwin. It is the largest solar farm in the world. The largest photovoltaic park ever conceived will be built in those pastures by Sun Cable.
The solar park attracted billionaire investors. Sun Cable CEO David Griffin reports The Guardian explains that the area would occupy approximately 12,000 hectares and that an assessment of the project has been submitted to the Environmental Protection Authority of the Northern Territory, the first phase of a long process.
of approval expected to allow work to start at the end of 2023, energy production by 2026 and export by 2027. Sun Cable expects the project to generate 1,500 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs during construction and approximately 350 permanent jobs once in operation.
Griffin said Sun Cable is working on a training and job opportunity plan so that some of the workforce can come from nearby indigenous communities and that supplies are produced by local businesses.
Australia's largest solar farm
Australia is banking on the export of solar energy to expand its energy production by significantly reducing global emissions.
The country is responsible for about 1.4% of greenhouse gas emissions, which increases by 5% if exports of fossil fuels are counted. With this photovoltaic park, among other things, Australia could, according to the agreements of the CoPs, exchange its shares of harmful emissions, transferring them to developing countries and thus balancing its global position as a nation with a very high level of pollution environmental produced by power plants fueled with traditional systems.
Sun Cable has entered into a deal with Newcastle Waters' current owners, Consolidated Pastoral Company, a cattle ranching company that has around 20 grazing areas across Australia. , for the use of the land. Overhead transmission lines will send Sun Cable-generated electricity to Darwin to power the state's power grid.
Griffin also explained that two thirds of the power will be exported to Singapore via high voltage DC submarine cables. There will be at least two cables, each slightly smaller in diameter than a football, with SunCable able to supply about a fifth of the electricity needs of Singapore, a country seeking to move away from its increasingly expensive power generation system.
with gas. Griffin also said the solar park could supply power to remote communities in the Northern Australian territories that currently rely on expensive diesel generators for electricity.