Larges-scale solar plants have put in a solid performance for the first month of the Australian Spring, bumping up total national output by 20%, year-on-year, to 943GWh up from 784GWh in September 2021.
That’s according to the latest data from Rystad Energy lead renewables analyst David Dixon, in the latest monthly round-up of the best performing wind and solar assets around the country. (See the September wind Top 10 here.)
Sunshine State shines
Unlike the September wind energy rankings, which were dominated by generators in South Australia, the top performers in the utility-scale solar sector are a bit more spread out across the country, although Queensland definitely shines.
As Dixon’s chart shows, the best performing utility PV asset for the month is Palisade’s 116MWAC Ross River solar farm near Townsville in north Queensland, with a capacity factor of 28.7%.
This is followed by two more Sunshine State projects: Genex Power’s 50MM Kidston solar farm (28.6% AC CF) and Adani’s 65MW Rugby Run solar farm (28.6% AC CF) near the town of Moranbah.