FRV confirms Development Approval for two further QLD solar farms

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), a leading global utility-scale solar developer, has received development approval to deliver two further, utility-scale solar projects located in Clare and Tieri, Queensland.

 Combined, the two projects will add an additional 141 MW dc to FRV’s existing 281 MW dc portfolio of solar farm projects already approved and not yet under construction in Queensland, an increase of around 50%.

“These recent planning approvals build on FRV’s track record of successfully working with local communities to achieve positive regulatory endorsement for its utility-scale solar projects,” Managing Director of FRV Australia, Cameron Garnsworthy, said.

 The 45 MW dc Clare II Solar Farm, received approval from the Burdekin Shire Council in June 2017 and is located adjacent to FRV’s 125 MW dc Clare Solar Farm, which is currently under construction.

 The 96 MW dc Tieri Solar Farm received approval from the Central Highlands Regional Council in late May 2017. The company already has approval to construct the 125 MW dc Lilyvale Solar Farm in the same region. Construction of the Lilyvale Solar Farm is expected to start in the third quarter of 2017.


FRV has lodged a Development Application for a Material Change of Use (MCU) and Reconfiguration of Lot (ROL) for Clare II Solar Farm

As previously announced, FRV has recently appointed its construction contractor, Downer, which has now commenced construction of FRV’s Clare Solar Farm located on Shadforth Rd, Clare. The Clare Solar Farm project received a Development Approval (DA) from the Queensland Minister for Planning in October 2015.

With growing demand for clean energy in the Australian electricity market, FRV are now looking to develop an additional solar farm project in the Burdekin region. Accordingly, FRV has recently lodged an application for a DA for a smaller solar farm to be located adjacent to the Clare Solar Farm, on Lot 249 on GS1035 on Mitchell Rd, Clare. This project will be known as the “Clare II Solar Farm” (Clare II).

The DA application for the Clare II project will be available for public viewing at the Burdekin Shire Council and on its website for 15 business days starting on the 18th May 2017.

As with the Clare Solar Farm, the project is being developed in a way that will help ensure minimal impact on the surrounding environment and nearby neighbours.

For enquiries regarding construction of the Clare Solar Farm, please contact the contractor directly on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0447 057 435.

For enquiries regarding the DA application of Clare II, or if you would like to know more about our approach to developing solar farm projects, please contact FRV directly. 


 Clare Solar Farm - Construction Works to Commence in May

The construction of the 100MW Clare Solar Farm project is expected to commence by early May 2017. Since starting mobilisation works in March, the on-site crews have established the construction compounds and have prepared the site for start of the construction works. 

Despite the threat of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the initial site establishment works have progressed well and the perimeter security fence installation is moving ahead rapidly, using locally sourced concrete and Queensland based contractors. 

Powerlink has commenced work to expand its Clare South substation to help deliver the Clare Solar Farm, one of Australia’s largest solar farms. All of Powerlink works are progressing well to achieve the connection of the solar farm by Q4 2017.

Now site establishment works are complete, the Downer construction team will start all the key civil construction works., Key deliveries to the solar farm land will also start in May resulting in increased activity on and near the solar farm which will continue over the coming months.

Downer expects to hire up to 200 workers, many from the local area, during the construction project. The project is expected to take 12 months to complete.

It is important for both FRV and Downer that the community is continued to be well informed in relation to the process of this construction activities. For enquiries, comments or feedback during the construction phase please contact Downer directly on:

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0447 057 435


Clare Solar Farm Secures Funding. Construction to start in 2017

FRV has secured the funding arrangements for the 100MW (AC) Clare Solar Farm project located near Ayr in Queensland. Construction is to start in early 2017 and is expected to take 12 months.

Clare Solar Farm will boost the local economy, creating up to 200 jobs during construction and when completed will generate enough electricity to power around 42,000 Queensland homes. Thanks to its size and single axis tracking technology, the solar farm will generate more electricity than any other solar project built to date in Australia.

Downer Utilities, one of Australia’s largest and most experienced construction companies has won the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for the construction of the Clare Solar Farm.

FRV Australia Managing Director, Cameron Garnsworthy said “We are pleased with reaching this key milestone so construction can commence early in the new year immediately following the rainy season.

I particularly want to thank the local community for the broad support we received during the development of the project” Mr. Garnsworthy also said.

Clare Solar Farm received Development Approval in October 2015 and signed a landmark Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with leading Australian energy company, Origin Energy for 100% of the electricity generated by the facility in May 2016.


FRV's Clare Solar Farm project secures power purchase agreement with Origin Energy

The proposed 100MW Clare Solar Farm project located near Ayr in Queensland is one step closer to becoming a reality, with Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) securing a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with major energy company Origin Energy Ltd (Origin).

The deal, which will see Origin purchase 100 percent of the electricity and all of the large scale renewable energy certificates (LRECs) generated by the Clare Solar Farm, will start once the solar facility is operating – expected to be 2017 – and run until December 2030.

FRV Chief Executive Officer, Rafael Benjumea, said the transaction was further evidence the large scale solar utility market in Australia is now seen as a strong investment option for energy investors and retailers looking to diversify and grow their renewable energy portfolios. “We are very pleased to have expanded our working relationship with Origin and look forward to delivering a new source of large-scale solar energy to its customers,” he said.

Clare Solar Farm received development approval in October 2015 and is currently awaiting final investment approval.

Once built, the facility will be the largest polycrystalline PV project in Australia and will utilise a single-axis tracking system to significantly improve the efficiency and output of the plant. The plant will generate more renewable electricity than any other photovoltaic facility in Australia.


Queensland Deputy Premier approves Clare Solar Farm after calling-in the development application

On 25 October 2015, the Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade, the Hon Jackie Trad MP, approved the Clare Solar Farm development application, upholding the Burdekin Shire Council's original decision back in May 2015.

The Minister has issued her Decision Notice approving the “Material Change of Use” development approval, along with appropriate conditions.

This important decision allows FRV to continue with the development of the project, including obtaining a grid connection agreement and securing an contract for the sale of the electricity. Once all of these things are in place a final investment decision can be made.

FRV is looking forward to working closely with the local community as the development of the project continues.


Clare Solar Farm gets planning approval from Burdekin Shire Council

On Monday 18th May, Burdekin Shire Council issued its Decision Notice advising that the development application for the Clare Solar Farm project has been approved.

The project received the “Material Change of Use” approval, along with appropriate conditions to ensure that the project fits within the council’s planning scheme. Further approvals will be required prior to construction or operation.

This is an important milestone in the project’s development. It paves the way for the project to go ahead once a final investment decision is made.

In the meantime, FRV is continuing with the development of the project, including working on the arrangements for connecting the solar farm to electricity grid and for the sale of the electricity.

The community will be kept up to date as the development of the project progresses.


FRV lodges planning application for Clare Solar Farm with Burdekin Shire Council.

On 8th December 2014, FRV lodged its “Material Change of Use” planning application for the proposed Clare Solar Farm project with the Burdekin Shire Council. The Council cleared the project to proceed with the public notification stage in late January 2015. It is anticipated that the outcome of the planning application will be known towards the middle of 2015.

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