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Metz Solar Farm will have a generation capacity of 115 MWac (143 MWdc) and utilising single-axis tracking, ground mounted photovoltaic systems which will generate clean renewable energy to supply up to 40,000 average homes. That’s over half of the 66,000 households in New England, where the project will be located.
 
In addition it’s estimated that the annual greenhouse gas emissions reduced by the project will be approximately 225,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent while at the same it will also save approximately 350,000 mega litres of clean drinking water compared to a coal-fired power station.  That’s a lot of Carbon and Water saved over the project’s 30 year lifetime!
 
The Metz Solar Farm is using Tier-1 Solar panels and SMA inverter station. Our standards and systems ensure that we always work with highly experienced and reliable partners to provide the complete design, engineering and construction packages. Clenergy has currently and RFP process underway to select the Main EPC Contractor.
 
The Metz Solar Farm is listed in the NSW Government Major Projects database (http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=7931) and has received Planning Approval in July 2017. AEMO and Transgrid grid-connection approval was secured in July 2018, and it is anticipated that the Project would begin construction in early 2019, with a forecasted energy output of 288 GWh for year one and contributing to the Federal Government’s Renewable Energy Target (RET). 
 
The project will deliver significant benefits to the Armidale area and the wider community. This flows from the creation of direct jobs throughout each stage of the project's life cycle. From the beginning, we worked with the local community and the Environmental Study was awarded to an Armidale-based consultancy firm and was supporting a team of around 15 people during the study phase.  During the construction period it is estimated that the project could provide jobs for up to 100 workers over the course of a year. 
 
The on-site workers will bring growth to the Armidale region through increased indirect economic opportunities such as use of accommodation, cafes and food suppliers, as well as general services. On a wider scale, the project is part of a transition to help ensure Australia develops a modern, robust and cleaner energy supply. In doing so helping to provide the Australian economy with more resilience in a rapidly changing global economy.