World's biggest solar farm that will see Northern Territory export renewable ...

World's biggest solar farm that will see Northern Territory export renewable ...
World's biggest solar farm that will see Northern Territory export renewable ...

A remote part of the Northern Territory is set to become the world's biggest solar farm - and transmit power to Singapore through the world's longest undersea cable.

Australian renewable energy company Sun Cable has ambitions to cover 12,000 hectares of land near the small town of Elliott with solar panels.

Engineering group Bechtel is overseeing construction and project management. 

Construction is set to begin in 2024 and from 2026 could see Darwin become Australia's first capital city to be fully powered by solar energy.

By the end of 2028, the project will provide Singapore with 15 per cent of its energy needs as part of the $30billion Australia-Asia PowerLink project that will transfer solar energy to Asia via overhead powerlines and undersea cables.

A remote part of the Northern Territory is set to become the world's biggest solar farm - and transmit power to Singapore through the world's longest undersea cable. Australian renewable energy company Sun Cable has permission to cover 12,000 hectares of land near the small town of Elliott with solar panels (pictured is an artist's impression)

A remote part of the Northern Territory is set to become the world's biggest solar farm - and transmit power to Singapore through the world's longest undersea cable. Australian renewable energy company Sun Cable has permission to cover 12,000 hectares of land near the small town of Elliott with solar panels (pictured is an artist's impression)

New technology will transport power 4,200km from Darwin to Singapore through the world's longest undersea high voltage direct current cables.

This will also transfer solar energy between two utility-scale batteries.

The solar farm at Powell Creek, south of Elliott, would be the world's biggest solar farm if it were operational now. 

Nonetheless, in just five years the complex in the NT's Barkly Region - between the tropical Top End and the red centre of Alice Springs - could start generating energy exports worth $2billion a year and $8billion of worth of investment directly into Australia.   

Construction is expected to create 1,500 jobs with 350 continuing jobs once it was operational. 

Details of this project, funded by billionaire entrepreneurs Andrew Forrest and Mike Cannon-Brookes, are being announced as Prime Minister Scott

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