Overland Sun Farming and Island Green Power announce the commencement of construction of three 100mw solar farms as Victoria realises its sun power potential.
Victoria’s three largest solar farms will begin construction near Mildura in the second quarter of 2017, and will produce clean green energy from 1st January 2018.
Overland Sun Farming and Island Green Power have announced the commencement of construction of three new solar projects near Mildura in Victoria, developed as a joint venture. At 100MW, each of these is the largest solar farms ever to be built in the State, and will have a total capacity of 320MW.
Overland is a Melbourne-based Australian company developing a portfolio of strategically-located, large utility-scale sun farms across in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. It is led by a team of experts in the development and commercial delivery of large-scale renewable energy projects.
Island Green Power UK Limited (IGP) is a leading international developer of solar (PV) farms, based in London. IGP has completed more than 20 solar farm projects and is actively developing projects in Australia, California, UK, Mallorca and Ireland.
Overland Managing Director, Brett Thomas, is a 15-year renewable energy veteran, having overseen construction of $750M in wind farms in Australia which now generate more than 350MW.
“Solar is Australia’s next great energy opportunity. We could see that Victoria’s North-West Region was a fantastic opportunity for solar farming - it has the best solar radiation in the State and there is plenty of clear flat land. Now that these projects have completed the planning process and executed grid connection agreements, we can move from talking about solar projects in North-West Victoria to building them,” Thomas said.
“These projects are important to lead the deployment of large-scale solar in Victoria and to continue to move the energy market to clean technologies. Because of our confidence in solar, we have already invested millions of dollars in equipment to build these projects,” Thomas said.
Island Green Power Managing Director, Ian Lawrie, said the economic conditions were right for solar.
“As the input prices fall and future energy and LGC prices continue to remain high, the conditions are in place for investment. The Overland/IGP team has the experience in delivering utility-scale renewable energy projects from start to finish, which will finally realise Victoria’s potential,” Lawrie said.
“The local governments in Mildura and Swan Hill have been extremely supportive of these projects, which will represent a $500 million investment in the region, and generate more than 200 jobs during construction.”
Beon Energy Solutions is working with the project to deliver various non-regulated electrical connections.
Beon General Manager, Glen Thomson, said, “Beon is proud to be associated with the construction of these projects in North-West Victoria. The region has an enviable solar resource and the progress and competitiveness of solar projects in the last twelve months has been tremendous. This makes large-scale renewable projects commercially very attractive, which is great news for regional Victoria.”
Overland and Island Green Power will be making further announcements throughout 2017, as their solar farm projects in other states are ready to commence construction.