CEFC provided a AU$60 million senior debt facility to Moree Solar Farm for the development and construction of a solar PV power plant in Moree, New South Wales. The project is sponsored by a leading global solar development company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV). The project has received a grant of AU$101.7 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). Operating since March 2016, the 280-hectare, 56 MW (AC) project was the first in Australia to use single-axis tracking technology. Its 222,000 solar panels can tilt to face the sun as the earth rotates, enabling it to generate 30 per cent more energy than fixed position panels.
In March 2016, FRV announced it had secured a 14.5-year PPA with Origin Energy Ltd for 100 per cent of its output. CEFC will see full repayment for the finance for the project. With the introduction of new financiers to replace the CEFC debt commitment, this project is well and truly established as a high-performing commercial asset that is delivering enduring clean energy benefits.