Australia’s biggest solar farm has been switched on near Port Augusta, which marks an important first stage in the transformation of a former coal city into a major renewable energy hub.
The Bungala Solar Project is located twelve kilometres from Port Augusta and is one of a number of major renewable projects near the city which once hosted the state’s two brown coal generators.
The arrival of the solar farm is a significant development for South Australia, which already sources more than 50 per cent of local generation from wind farms and rooftop solar.
The farm features solar panels that slowly follow the sun's position throughout the day with a generating capacity of two hundred and twenty megawatts.
While the Bungala solar farm has begun supplying power it will not be fully operational until August this year.