Western Australia’s Emu Downs Solar Farm has officially opened.
Synergy has entered into a power purchase agreement with the operator APA to buy electricity generated by the solar farm until 2030.
The $50 million project consists of 75,168 solar panels on about 70 hectares, and has the capacity to produce enough energy to power 6700 homes.
Minister for Energy, Ben Wyatt, said the Mid West is fast emerging as the epicentre for renewable energy projects in Western Australia, and is providing employment opportunities for people in regional WA.
“The Emu Downs Solar Farm and its adjacent wind farm, as well as the Badgingarra Wind Farm currently under construction shows the enormous potential for this region to be a national leader in renewable energy.
“The McGowan Labor Government is committed to ensuring that Synergy meets its 2020 renewable energy commitments, and we will do so in such a way that contributes to repairing the state of the Budget.”
The solar farm will be co-located with the 80-megawatt Emu Downs Wind Farm, and will provide a significant increase to Western Australia’s renewable energy capacity.