In a gesture of friendship, French firm Neoen are inviting Coly residents to attend a party celebrating the completion of the Coleambally Solar Farm.
Neoen will be offering a free french style banquet jumping castle and other kids festivities at the Coleambally Community Club from 6pm on April 6 with organisers hoping the event will attract around 250 people.
Residents will also have the option of catching a shuttle bus from the club to take a tour of the solar farm, with shuttle bus tours running from 2pm to 6pm on April 6.
Managing Director of Neoen Australia Franck Woitiez said Neoen will always value the communities surrounding their projects.
"This celebration is just one of the ways we're giving back to the people of Coleambally," Mr Woitiez said.
"Raphael Mattet from French Fare Catering (will cook), food will be French inspired, cooked from local produces and with a crepes station, a very French pancake."
"During construction, almost 400 jobs were created for the Riverina area, stimulating local economic activity and diversifying its industrial base."
"The solar farm will continue to provide a large variety of permanent, and contracting or temporary, employment opportunities during its expected service life well beyond 30 years."
When asked what the most difficult aspect of the construction was, Mr Woitiez said it was the time frame.
"The most difficult aspect of the construction is ensuring that the project is completed on time, to thevexpected quality and, most importantly, in a safe manner," Mr Woitiez said.
"We are extremely proud that the construction of the Coleambally Solar Farm project was a real success in all of these key aspects and beyond."
"The most critical part of these projects is generally the commissioning phase and, thanks to a very strong cooperation and good coordination between all key stakeholders (including TransGrid and the AEMO), the commissioning of the solar farm was completed in record time."
When asked about the capabilities of the new solar farm Mr Woitez said the farm is the largest currently fully operational photovoltaic (PV) facility in Australia with 567,800 solar PV panels installed.
The 550-hectare facility will produce over 390,000 MWh of power enough to power more than 65,000 New South Wales households.
"The facility is supported by a 12-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with energy retailer EnergyAustralia," Mr Woitiez said.
"Under this agreement, EnergyAustralia will take 70 per cent of the solar farm's energy output (on the basis of a 150 MWac production), the remaining portion will be sold directly to the market."
"Purchasing electricity at a fixed price for a long period under a PPA provides any business with long-term certainty around electricity prices.
"The Coleambally Solar Farm connects directly to TransGrid's high-voltage transmission network and, as such, we would not require better infrastructure to be able to sell more electricity."
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