Australia’s largest solar farm has been officially opened at Royalla, 17 kilometres south of Canberra.

The 20 megawatt Royalla Solar Farm was developed by the Spanish company, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, and is made up of 83,000 solar panels. It is expected to generate an average 37,000 megawatt hours of electricity a year.

The Royalla solar farm is the first project to be completed under the innovative reverse auction program launched by the ACT to meet its 90% renewable energy target by 2020.

The ACT government has given planning approval for a second large solar farm – a 13MW plant to be built by China’s Zhenfa at site bordered by Mugga Lane and the Monaro Highway, south of Canberra.

A third project, a 7MW solar PV plant to be built by One Sun Capital near the village of Uriarra, is facing objections from local residents.

The ACT is also holding a reverse auction for 200MW of wind energy projects.