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New 320MW wind and solar farm in SA to support 200 construction jobs


port-augusta-renewable-energy-park-1 (cr: DP Energy)
Posted by Monica Gameng

DP Energy and Spanish company Iberdrola will be partnering to deliver a new hybrid wind and solar project in South Australia, with construction on the Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park (PAREP) anticipated to begin by mid-2020.

Iberdrola is committing approximately $500 million to deliver this renewable energy project.

“We are delighted to have partnered with Iberdrola on this project.

“It’s exciting that they’ve chosen PAREP for their first investment in Australia and we are enthusiastic to see the project commence construction. DP Energy will continue to work with stakeholders and the local community to support Iberdrola through construction and commissioning,” DP Energy CEO Simon De Pietro said.

PAREP is going to be built on a 5,400-hectare site that spans from Port Paterson in the north to Winninowie in the south as well as spanning Highway One. The hybrid renewable energy project will comprise of 50 wind turbines with a total generation of 210MW and up to 1.6 million solar panels with a total generation of 110MW.

sideImagery02-1Project map (source: DP Energy)

The project will also include the installation of about 100 kilometres of underground cable as well as an underground export cable to Davenport Substation and a substation/control room.

Construction of the project will take up to 18 months to complete and is expected to support about 200 jobs.

Once operational, PAREP will be able to produce up to 900GWh of renewable energy annually - enough to power about 180,000 South Australian homes - and will create 15 to 25 ongoing jobs.

For this project, DP Energy will get involved up to its construction with Iberdrola ultimately owning and operating PAREP.

PAREP is anticipated to be fully operational by late 2021 to early 2022.

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Source: DP Energy (1, 2); Renewables Now; Renew Economy; PV Magazine; PV Tech

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

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