WIRSOL Energy has signed an agreement with SIMEC ZEN Energy contracting the majority of energy production from two large Australian solar farms.

The long-term supply agreement has been reached between SIMEC ZEN, the Australian energy arm of Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance and the Australian division of international developer WIRSOL Energy to purchase energy from their 89MWp Clermont Solar Farm, north of Emerald in Queensland and their 110MWp Wemen Solar Farm, near Mildura in Victoria.

The projects commenced construction in December 2017 and are due to be commissioned in the fourth quarter of 2018. The Clermont Solar Farm will produce the equivalent energy to power 31,000 homes, saving 184,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, and the Wemen Solar Farm the equivalent energy of 34,000 homes, saving 256,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Managing Director of WIRSOL Energy, Mark Hogan, said, “We are delighted to have signed two power purchase agreements (PPAs) with SIMEC ZEN Energy. The signing of these PPAs mark another important milestone for WIRSOL in Australia as we move towards our target of 1GW of solar energy by 2020.

“We share SIMEC ZEN’s vision of delivering cheaper, more reliable and environmentally sustainable energy and we see strong alignment between our businesses.”

WIRSOL has five solar projects spread across Victoria and Queensland, each due to be connected to the national power grid by the end of 2018.

The five projects have a combined 397MW of capacity with the recently commissioned Gannawarra solar project in Victoria to be supported by a 25MW/50MWh Tesla Powerpack battery, making it one of the largest solar and battery storage systems globally, and Australia’s biggest.

 

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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