Stellata Energy and Ingenious have announced the securing of planning permission for a 120 MW scale solar PV farm in Merredin, W Australia.
Stellata Energy, the Australian solar energy developer, and its joint venture partner Ingenious, the UK based alternative investment manager, have announced the securing of planning permission for a 120 MW scale solar PV farm in Merredin, Australia. On completion it will be the largest solar PV farm in Western Australia.
The news swiftly follows the recent announcement of the launch of Stellata’s partnership with Ingenious, which 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 covers 400 ha in Western Australia’s central wheatbelt and is expected to generate an annual output of 260 GWh of electricity for the South West Interconnected System.
With construction scheduled to start in the first half of 2018 and commissioning for Q1 2019, the project, which has a projected 30 year life, will be the only grid connected solar farm to include planning approval for storage batteries, and is designed to be ‘battery ready’. Commenting on the venture, Troy Santen, a director of Stellata said: “The Merredin Solar Farm will bring clean energy to thousands of homes across the Perth area, as well as the creation of hundreds of jobs in local communities. We look forward to replicating this achievement across our pipeline of solar projects.”