Up to 150 jobs will be created after Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, secured its sixth solar photovoltaic project in Australia, with the signing of a power purchase agreement for the 67.8 MW ac Goonumbla Solar Farm in New South Wales.

The agreement, which has been signed with Australian electricity generation and retailing company Snowy Hydro, was completed in November 2018.  Construction will begin in April 2019, and operations will start in June 2020, on a plant that will produce enough clean energy to supply 45,000 homes and cut CO2 emissions by 140,000 tons annually.

Spread across an area of 385 ha, five full-time jobs are expected to remain once the construction of the plant is completed 280 km north west of Sydney.

Carlo Frigerio, FRV Managing Director Australia, said: “We are pleased to be working with Snowy Hydro on this important project contributing to the ongoing diversification of the electricity generation resources in NSW and Australia.”

Goonumbla Solar Farm is FRV’s sixth venture in Australia, following Winton Solar Farm (85 MW ac) in Victoria, Royalla (20 MW ac) in the Australian Capital Territory, Moree (56 MW ac) in New South Wales, and Clare (100 MW ac) and Lilyvale (100 MW ac) in Queensland.

Daniel Sagi-Vela, CEO of FRV, said: We want to continue leading the production of renewable energy in Australia, a country that is showing a great commitment to boost renewable energy projects.  The Goonumbla Solar Farm will enable us to develop our expansion plans in the country while contributing to a more sustainable future for Australia.”