Our goal to source 25 per cent of energy for our customers from renewables by 2020 has taken a significant step forward with the commencement of commissioning for Bungala 2 Solar Farm in South Australia this week.
Ramp up of Bungala 2 follows commissioning of its sister farm Bungala 1 in September. The two Enel Green Power plants, covering 600 hectares of land and consisting of about 800,000 solar panels, bring the Bungala project to an operating capacity of 220 MW, making it Australia’s largest solar farm completed to date with the potential to power more than 95,000 homes.
All of the power generated by Bungala 1 and 2 will go to Origin customers through power purchase agreements with global renewables giant Enel Green Power.
Bungala is one of a number of Origin solar projects expected to be commissioned by the end of the year, including Clare, Daydream and Darling Downs solar farm in Queensland. Together, these developments will add 376 MW of emissions-free solar energy to Origin’s portfolio.
Next year, we will add a further 530 MW of wind to our renewables portfolio with the commissioning of the Stockyard Hill wind farm near Ballarat in Victoria. When commissioning of Stockyard Hill is complete, renewables will represent nearly 1,650 MW of Origin’s total capacity.
Origin was the first Australian company to announce a science-based emissions reduction target to halve our direct emissions by 2032. We will do this by exiting coal by 2032, increasing our reliance on gas and adding more renewable energy to our portfolio.