Carnegie Clean Energy to Construct a Large-Scale Photovoltaic Power Station in Western Australia

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Carnegie Clean Energy Limited has announced that it will develop a 10mW large-scale photovoltaic power station with battery storage in Northam, Western Australia.

This solar project, which is a joint venture between Carnegie’s subsidiary Energy Made Clean and the property group Lendlease, focuses on identifying, pursuing, bidding for, and delivering engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts for solar and battery energy storage systems around the country. It is expected to provide both companies with access to broader range of blue-chip micro-grid clients, including utilities, residential developers, and network providers. Generally, it would generate around 24,000 mWh of electricity per year for the grid.

Commenting on the project, Carnegie CEO and managing director Michael Ottaviano said:

“This is the next step in the evolution of Carnegie Clean Energy. The Tier 1 capabilities of the EMC Lendlease joint venture, combined with the design, development and financing capabilities of Carnegie, provide us with a clear point of difference in the rapidly emerging utility solar market in Australia.

“Carnegie is planning on replicating this approach across Australia.

“The ability to add utility scale battery storage is a new product offering we will integrate into our own solar farms and also to other developers of utility scale solar farms as the technology costs continue to decline in the coming years.”

Construction of this photovoltaic power station is set to begin in mid-2017, with the commissioning expected to be done by the end of the year. It will be owned and operated by Carnegie for at least the next 25 years, where it will sell energy under a power purchase agreement to the electricity market.