Planning approval awarded for 120MW solar PV farm in WA

A joint venture partnership between UK infrastructure investment firm, Ingenious Infrastructure and Australian solar developer, Stellata Energy, has secured planning permission for a 120MW large-scale solar PV farm in Merredin, Western Australia. It would be the largest solar PV farm in Western Australia.

The partnership has committed to funding a pipeline of solar farms across the country, with a value in excess of AUD $200 million.

The Merredin Solar Farm spans 400 hectares in Western Australia’s central Wheatbelt and, once developed, is expected to generate an annual output of 260GWh of electricity, powering around 42,000 houses per annum and delivering clean energy into the South West Interconnected System (SWIS).

With construction scheduled to commence in the first half of 2018 and target for commissioning in the first quarter of 2019, the project, which has a projected 30 year life, will be the only grid connected solar farm to include planning approval for batteries and is designed to be battery ready.

Stellata has developed over 600MW of ground-mounted and rooftop solar across Europe. Ingenious Infrastructure has raised and deployed over £9 billion, including £500 million in renewables projects across the UK and Ireland.

Sebastian Speight, Managing Director, Ingenious Infrastructure said: “Ingenious has worked closely with the team at Stellata on previous ventures and their track record of delivering high quality solar projects is testament to their knowledge and expertise in this sector. Australia has huge potential to benefit from solar energy, due to its geographical positioning and high levels of irradiation, and we are confident that Stellata can fully capture the rewards this technology can offer.”

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