Thursday, 18 October 2012

GE starts Australia’s biggest solar farm to power seawater plant
10 Oct 2012

General Electric Co, and Verve Energy, a state-owned utility based in Perth, started Australia's biggest solar farm to generate electricity for the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant.

The 10 MW Greenough River project in Western Australia uses panels from FirstSolar Inc, and will produce energy equivalent to powering 3,000 homes, according to a joint statement from GE, Verve Energy and FirstSolar. GE and Verve Energy own 50% each of the plant.

The project partners are now evaluating the possibility of expanding the plant's capacity to as much as 40 MWs to meet increasing demand for renewable energy, Verve Energy Chief Executive Officer Jason Waters said in the statement. The solar farm is 50 km (31 miles) southeast of the port town of Geraldton in Western Australia.