This April, Origin welcomed financial close on the Bungala Solar Project, with the company’s agreement to buy all of the renewable power from the plant bringing Origin’s recent commitments to new utility scale solar plants to 550 MW.
This puts us well on track to meet our commitment to build or contract between 1,000 MW to 1,500 MW of new renewables by 2020.
This will also drive a substantial change in our generation mix with the share of renewables almost tripling from 12% in 2016, to a projected 30% by 2020.
About Bungala Solar Project
At 220 MW, Bungala Solar Project in Port August will be one of the largest solar farms in Australia and is expected to shortly begin construction.
Our agreement to buy all of the renewable power from the Bungala Solar Project is our largest ever solar power purchase agreement and will enable us to increase the amount of renewable power provided to our 4.2 million customers across Australia.
The Bungala Solar Project is located about 10km north east of Port Augusta in South Australia and will occupy an 800 ha site on land owned by the Bungala Aboriginal Corporation (BAC). Featuring single axis tilting design in which solar panels will slowly follow the position of the sun through-out the day, the project will have a generating capacity of 220MW, making it Australia’s largest utility scale solar plant.
Bungala joins a range of large scale solar farms that we’ve now contracted to buy power from, including the Moree solar farm in New South Wales.
Origin CEO, Frank Calabria said, “In the past year we have underpinned approximately 550 MW of new renewable energy projects, representing approximately one third of the capacity of the recently retired Hazelwood Power Station.
“Our ambition to build or contract up to 1,500 MW of new renewables by 2020, almost replacing the Hazelwood capacity entirely, will be crucial to delivering the clean and reliable energy supply Australian homes and businesses are demanding.”
Growing the amount of renewable energy we provide to customers is an important goal for Origin Energy. Supplying more renewable energy is core to our commitment to a clean energy future for Australia. You can read more about our commitments here.
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