Public Open Day 11 October 2012

The Public Open Day, hosted by Greenough River Solar Farm aided by local business, was held Thurday 11 October 2012 in recognition of the interest and support received from the residents of the City of Greater Geraldton during the construction phase.  Despite the strong wind and hoardes of flies, the solar farm welcomed nearly 300 guests through the gates on the day.  Whilst overlooking the solar farm, visitors had opportunity to take in a visual display of the construction process and speak with members of the project team.  Guests then undertook a driving tour around the permieter of the solar farm before returning to the marquee to enjoy a sausage sizzle and submit their entries for the "Name the Array" competition.  Please click for photographs of the day.

The winner of the "Name the Array" competition is Jessie Short (10) of Walkaway with her entry "Solar Sensation".  Jessie has received her prize and a plaque will be erected onsite late November.

We would like to extend our special thanks to the following local businesses for their contribution to this successful event:-

  • Walkaway Primary P&C

  • Geraldton Coach Lines

  • Mick Davey Butchers

  • Coles Geraldton

  • Jodie McGuire Events, Functions & Marketing
Official Opening 10 October 2012

On Wednesday 10 October 2012, the Greenough River Solar Farm was officially "switched on" by the WA Minister for Energy Peter Collier who hailed it as a "celebration of Australia's renewable energy future".  The Minister was joined by landholders, community members and representatives of the joint venture partners Verve Energy and GE Energy Financial Services to celebrate the opening of the solar farm which is now in operation after a year of planning, construction and testing.  The 10-megawatt project is expected to generate  enough solar energy to power 3,000 homes and displace 20,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases every year.  The plant's output will be purchased by the WA Water Corporation to help offset the energy requirements of its Southern Seawater Desalination Plant.

Greenough River Solar Farm is owned 50/50 by Verve Energy and GE Energy Financial Services, with the WA Government having provided A$20 million in funding, including A$10 million from the WA Royalities for Regions program.  First Solar supplied the 150,000 PV panels and provided engineering, procurement and construction services for the plant and will continue to provide operations and maintenance service for the coming fifteen years.

Jason Waters, Verve Energy CEO stated "with this landmark project now complete, partners Verve Energy and GE Energy Financial Services are now evaluating the possibility of expanding the plant to up to 40-megawatts to satisfy growing demand for renewable energy".