BY assistant Prof Bruce Baer Arnold
SIMON Corbell says the installation of the first photovoltaic panels at the Mugga Lane Solar Park marks a milestone in the construction of the solar farm.
“The ACT Government is bringing renewable energy to the people of Canberra at the lowest possible price while stimulating economic development,” Simon said.
“The solar farm is expected to start generating electricity by the end of this year and will demonstrate both fixed and tracking system technology to maximise the renewable energy output of the site.
“When completed the solar farm will have around 48,000 photovoltaic panels that will produce enough electricity to power around 3,000 ACT households.
“The Mugga Lane Solar Park is one of the first of many large scale renewable energy projects that the Government is supporting as part of its 100% renewable energy target by 2020.
“This target ensures affordable, reliable and low-carbon electricity supply for consumers and recent reports echo the benefits of our renewable energy projects.
“The report by consultants pitt&sherry and The Australia Institute states that our large-scale renewable energy contracts provide protection for ACT residents against high electricity prices.
“During the construction phase, the project will employ 30 people followed by three permanent operational and engineering positions once the farm begins generating electricity.
“I would like to congratulate the Maoneng Group for their work in constructing the Mugga Lane Solar Park and for the important part they are playing in transitioning the ACT to a clean energy economy,” Mr Corbell said.