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Cattle Station In Australia Set To Become World’s Largest Solar Farm

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Cattle Station In Australia Set To Become World’s Largest Solar Farm

Power from Australia!

A cattle station in the Australian outback is ready to host the world’s largest solar farm. Sat halfway between Alice Springs and Darwin, the $20 billion project, “Sun Cable”, will supply power to the Northern Territory’s grid but will ultimately export two-thirds of the power generated to Singapore.  [Featured Image: Zbynek Burival, Unsplash].

The cattle grid, the same one that saw casino mogul James Packer work as a jackaroo for a year, will boast 10,000 sq km of space with a 10-gigawatt farm that is visible from space.

“Sun Cable” was granted major project status in July 2020 and it has since garnered billion-dollar investment from names such as Andrew Forrest and Mike Cannon-Brookes.

The project’s CEO, David Griffin, revealed that the project would use 12,000 hectares of land. Plus, construction should begin in 2023, with a view to finishing in 2026 and providing full power potential in 2027.

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“It’s a bit of a balancing act too, because it’s far south enough to get away from the main patch affected by the wet season, so it’s a steady solar resource throughout the year.”

It is thought that with two cables leading there, “Sun Cable” can use solar power to provide about 20% of Singapore’s electricity requirements. Singapore could then begin to move away from its more expensive, less-environmentally-friendly gas power system and Australia can move away from exporting fossil fuels.

Griffin has also said that ”Sun Cable” will look to train and employ a local workforce, with supplies also produced by local businesses, which would see up to 10,000 indirect jobs made during construction.

Roll on 2027!

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