FRV Australia Sebastopol Solar Farm achieves commercial operation status
- FRV’s Sebastopol Solar Farm is now operating at 100% capacity, achieving commercial operation status.
- The solar plant is capable of meeting the energy demand of up to 40,000 households.
- Located in Australia’s rural New South Wales, with an area of 248 hectares, the plant contributes towards the energy demand and the economic development of the local area.
Leading developer of sustainable energy solutions, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures Australia, as part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and Canadian infrastructure fund OMERS Infrastructure, has achieved commercial operation status at its solar farm in Sebastopol, Australia, which is now operating at 100% capacity. The plant has been generating clean energy since December 2021, contributing towards the energy demand and economic development of the local area.
Located in rural New South Wales, and spanning over 248 hectares, the plant has a net annual energy production capacity of approximately 200,000 MWh, with an output of 90 Mwac, capable of meeting the energy demands of up to 40,000 households.
Forming an important part of FRV Australia’s clean energy portfolio, now fully operational, the plant will further drive FRV’s mission to support Australia’s clean energy mandate. The company has developed almost 800 MWdc of Australian PV assets built or under construction across 9 projects for a total project investment value of over 1 billion dollars.
The project has had a positive economic impact on the local community, helping to drive up the area’s employment rate: over 200 jobs were created during the construction phase of the project. These jobs are mainly focused on asset management and Operational maintenance.
FRV’s Managing Director Australia, Carlo Frigerio, said
“We are delighted to see that Sebastopol Solar Farm is at capacity and generating clean energy. This is a key milestone in FRV Australia’s commitment to net zero emissions”.
The project brings FRV closer to its goal of decarbonizing the international energy system, helping to create a more sustainable future in its target markets.
Fady Jameel, Deputy President and Vice Chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel, remarked:
“At Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, we see this announcement as an exciting new chapter in FRV’s mission to deliver clean energy across Australia, but also as part of its global ambition to drive clean energy uptake around the world. Having achieved full operational capacity, the Sebastopol Solar Farm will increase employment and clean energy production in the local area, allowing us to continue to lead with a purpose in what we do”.
Christopher Curtain, Senior Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, OMERS Infrastructure commented:
“Building and operating high-quality renewable energy assets like the Sebastopol solar farm is pivotal to Australia’s ambitious green energy transition goals. Our investment in FRV Australia positions us to support this transition, and is a great example of how OMERS Infrastructure is steadily advancing its global vision of holding the right assets in the right places.”
The various phases of the plant’s construction were successfully completed by Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractor Beon Energy Solutions (Beon).