Author: Ivan Shumkov


India’s Adani Group is getting ready to implement a multi-stage, 170-MW solar project in Queensland, Australia, having recently secured development approval from the Isaac Regional Council.

The CEO of Adani Renewables, Jennifer Purdie, announced on Tuesday that the company should begin work on the 65-MW first stage of the Rugby Run project, estimated to cost over AUD 100 million (USD 80m/EUR 67m), by the end of the year.

The solar farm will be constructed on a 600-hectare (1,483 acres) block that was part of the Rugby Run grazing property, near the central western Queensland coal mining town of Moranbah. It should be completed within 12 months from the start of work.

The company has already commenced preparatory work, including cultural heritage surveys and engineering design, and is awarding orders for critical equipment, according to the announcement. The project will use the latest mono-PERC technology and single axis tracking systems, Adani Australia said.

The move is part of the Indian group’s plan to build several solar parks in Australia with a total capacity of 1,500 MW within the next five years. These solar projects are in addition to Adani’s AUD-16.5-billion investment in the planned Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.802/EUR 0.673)