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Australia's largest solar farm opens amid renewable target debate

Published on Oct 10, 2012 12:37 PM

WALKAWAY, Australia (REUTERS) - Australia switched on its first utility-scale solar farm on Wednesday, bringing the country a small step closer to achieving ambitious renewable energy use targets that traditional coal and gas power producers are now fighting to soften.

The Greenough River Solar project, just outside the small town of Walkaway in Western Australia state, is a joint-venture between Western Australian state-owned Verve Energy and United States conglomerate General Electric.

It is expected to generate 10 megawatts, enough to power 3,000 homes.

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

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