Australia switches on first utility-scale solar farm

Australia opened its first utility-scale solar farm this week, with the Greenough River Solar project in Western Australia set to generate 10 MW.

"The Greenough River Solar Farm demonstrates that renewable technologies can contribute to meeting Australia's future energy needs on a sustainable, cost-competitive basis," Jason Waters, chief executive of Verve Energy said on Wednesday.

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Greenough is General Electric's (NYSE: GE) first investment in Australian renewable energy, and plans are already under way to eventually expand it to 40 MW.

The electricity generated by the plant will be purchased by Western Australia Water Corporation to power a nearby desalination plant.

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