FRV opens Royalla Solar Farm, the largest operating solar PV plant in Australia

September 4, 2014

FRV, a global solar development company with a 3 gigawatt (GW) development portfolio in emerging solar markets, begins operation of its first large scale solar project in Australia today.

Located south of Canberra, the Royalla Solar Farm has an installed capacity of 24 megawatts (MWdc) and will generate enough energy to power nearly 4,500 Canberra homes while abating nearly 9540 t carbon pollution each year. FRV won the Power Purchase Agreement for the project in a competitive tender process. 

An opening ceremony this morning was held to commemorate the event and was attended by Minister of Spanish Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García-Margallo, and the Australian Capital Territory Minister of the Environment, Simon Corbell. Other dignitaries in attendance included Australia’s Spanish Ambassador, Enrique Viguera, and Director-General, Environment and Planning Directorate, ACT Government, Dorte Ekelund.

“Royalla Solar Farm is a very important milestone for FRV not only in Australia, but globally, as it is our first project in operation since the incorporation of Denham Capital as our major shareholder,” said Rafael Benjumea, CEO of FRV, during the opening ceremony. “Through this commissioning, FRV is also bolstering its commitment to clean energy and further establishing itself as a global player in emerging solar markets.”

FRV also recently announced financial close for two large scale projects, the 70MWdc Moree Solar Farm in Australia, and the 65MWdc Jacinta solar farm in Uruguay. Since 2006, the company has been involved in the development of solar projects around the world totalling USD 2.4billion.

Royalla Solar Farm has been made possible thanks to the 2010 Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government’s world leading Action Plan 2, regarding Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas reduction, which establishes for the ACT a 90 percent renewable energy target (RET) by 2020 as one of its initiatives.

“ACT’s renewable energy program is a great example of what can be done with thoughtful regulation. It is bringing leading global companies to ACT with competitive prices,” Benjumea added. “From here we encourage the Australian Commonwealth Government to support the RET in order to spur more projects like Royalla.”

Royalla Solar Farm

Approximately 23 kilometers south of Canberra, the Royalla Solar Farm is situated near the Monaro Highway. The project is constructed over nearly 50 hectares and is the largest operating solar facility in the country.

During construction of the Royalla Solar Farm approximately 100 jobs were created.

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Rafael Benjumea

Founder, FRV

At FRV we have a strong commitment to the economic and social development of the markets and communities in which we operate, and we are pleased to be able to deliver on this commitment through this innovative program.

Scott Mackin

Managing Partner and Co-President, Denham Capital

Denham Capital has been proud to partner with the team at FRV for nearly three years in this very successful investment. Rafael, José and their colleagues have captured a leading position in key emerging markets where solar undercuts the marginal cost of electricity.

Fernando Salinas

Country Manager at Central America Region, FRV

After nine years working in FRV, I have significantly grown not only professionally but also personally. Living in four different countries and performing a wide range of activities will certainly have a positive impact in whatever activities I perform in the future.