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FRV Australia’s 115 MW Metz Solar Farm Achieves Commercial Operation

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Fotowatio renewable Ventures Australia is a leading developer of sustainable energy solutions. It is part of Abdul Latif Jamel Energy and the Canadian infrastructure fund OMERS. The solar farm in Metz, Australia has been granted commercial operation status and is operating at 100% of its potential. Since March 2022, the plant has been producing clean energy. This contributes to the local energy demand and economic development, as well as helping Australia transition to green energy.

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The plant is located in New South Wales near Hillgrove, 20 km East of Armidale. It covers 248 hectares. The plant has a net annual energy production capacity of over 300,000 MWh, with an output of 115 MWac, capable of meeting the energy demand of up to 40,000 households.

The plant is an integral part of FRV Australia’s clean energy portfolio and will help FRV Australia fulfill its mandate to support clean energy. For a total investment of more than 1 billion dollars, the company has built almost 800 MWdc Australian operational PV assets in 9 projects.

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Metz Solar Farm signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Snowy Hydro in 2018, and closed the financing arrangement in December 2020 with Westpac, NORD/LB under a Green Loan conforming to the Loan Market Association Green Loan Principles. The project has already had a positive impact on the local community. It created more than 100 jobs during construction. During operation, some jobs will be created to manage assets and perform operational maintenance.

Beon Energy Solutions (Beon), was the EPC Contractor that completed the construction of this project.

Carlo Frigerio, CEO FRV Australia commented on the achievement, “Metz Solar Farm is now operating at full capacity, generating clean electricity. This is a great achievement. This is the fourth project the company has delivered in NSW. It is also a significant milestone in the ongoing energy transformation in the State and country ahead of the eventual retirement of coal power plants.” the CEO said.

“Abdul Latif Jamel Energy is committed to helping local communities transition to more sustainable energy models. Metz Solar Farm is a reminder of our commitment to work with like-minded partners in order to provide innovative solutions that contribute to the global renewable energy goals. These projects are a great example of how collaboration can have a positive impact on climate resilience, economic development, and society” said Fady Jameel, Deputy President & Vice Chairman: Abdul Latif Jameel.

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