Monthly News Roundup - May 2020

29 May 2020

Here is the Energy Next news round up for May 2020.


Suntech’s 9.4MW Robinvale solar farm completed in Victoria

The 9.47MW(AC) Robinvale solar farm in Victoria has been completed.  The solar farm was built by Suntech Power Development Australia around 90km south-west of Mildura and 470km north-west of Melbourne, using 24,920 of the Japanese parent company’s own mono-crystalline photovoltaic panels.

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Huge Uungula wind project edges closer in NSW renewable energy zone

A 97-turbine 400MW Uungula wind farm proposed for the New South Wales central-west Renewable Energy Zone is edging closer to construction. Developer CWP Renewables said the project’s construction would support 400 indirect jobs and inject around $5.6 million into the regional economy.

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Victoria’s Cohuna solar farm complete, joins queue for commissioning

The 34MW Cohuna solar farm in Victoria has completed construction, and has now joined the queue for commissioning in the state’s West Murray region. It is one of six large scale wind and solar projects that won a reverse auction conducted by the Victorian government in 2018.

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Juwi to build renewable energy hub in regional Western Australia

Brisbane subsidiary of German renewable energy developer juwi has signed an agreement with Perth-based Contract Power to construct the solar and wind components of a new hybrid generation solution for the town of Esperance in south-eastern Western Australia.

The project will feature a 4 MW solar farm alongside two 4.5 MW wind turbines integrated with a lithium-ion battery system and gas generators. It is expected to meet up to half of the town’s annual electricity demand and is scheduled to be operational in early 2022.

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Gransolar Group to build Molong Solar Farm in NSW

The Spanish EPC contractor has signed its fourth contract in Australia to build the 39 MW PV array 40 kilometers north-west of Orange, NSW. The solar farm, which will generate 39 MW of peak power, is expected to be connected to the grid by the year’s end.

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NSW seeks expressions of interest for 3 GW renewable energy zone

The New South Wales (NSW) Government is seeking to unlock a huge pipeline of large-scale renewable energy and storage projects in the run-up to the planned retirement of its aging thermal-generation fleet. The pilot Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) in the state’s Central-West aims to deliver 3,000 MW of firmed wind and solar generation.

The government has asked prospective developers to respond to a Registration of Interest until June 5, to begin consultations and coordination of new infrastructure investment in the state’s pilot REZ.

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