A large expanse of land in the Australian Outback Desert will host the largest solar farm in the world and will produce enough electricity to export to Singapore.
The huge solar farm, which will be visible from space After its construction, it will be halfway between Alice Springs and Darwin, two towns in the Northern Territory of Australia. The solar park will occupy more than 120 km2 and will cost 12 billion euros to build.
The remote Outback region where the solar PV panels will be installed is currently a huge cattle ranch, but project owner Sun Cable hopes to begin construction in 2023 with the goal of exporting electricity from here. 2027.
The solar farm is expected to produce so much energy that it will not only power the entire Northern Territory, but two-thirds of the electricity will be exported via submarine cables stretching 4,500 km to Singapore, at the tip of the Malay Peninsula.
Sun Cable started the project by assessing its environmental impact and ensuring that its project complies with the regulations of the Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority.
We will be using thousands of acres of land, and we need to take a close look at the impact on the ground at the end of the solar park. There’s a lot of black earth in there, but it’s a bit awkward for us, so we’re [planeando construir] on substantial ground which is a little different and a little more user-friendly for us.
David Griffin, CEO of Sun Cable.
Despite these challenges, Griffin believes that the huge livestock farm called Newcastle Waters is an ideal location for the solar farm as it meets several critical requirements.
It’s on the Adelaide-Darwin rail corridor, which is good for our logistics given the huge amount of material we will have to transport to the site. It is also only 29 km from the main road that runs along the sparsely populated Northern Territory.
The climate also provides the ideal conditions for producing energy.
It is also a balancing act, as it is far enough south to move away from the main spot affected by the rainy season, making it a constant solar resource all year round. There is a lot of sun and few clouds.
The huge project is expected to provide 10 gigawatts of electricity. Sustainable energy will help remote areas of the Northern Territory, which typically have to use energy from diesel generators. The exported energy will supply 20% of Singapore’s energy needs, according to Unilad.
The solar farm, which is three times the size of the world’s largest solar farm in northern China, also create thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of jobs once construction is completed.